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The Case For Giving Iran's Scholar-Diplomats A Chance

From left to right Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister, Hassan Rouhani, Iran's president, and Elmar Mammadyarov, Az
From left to right Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister, Hassan Rouhani, Iran's president, and Elmar Mammadyarov, Azerbaijan's foreign minister attend the ECO council of ministers in Tehran, Iran on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. Even before Iran's envoys could pack their bags in Geneva after wrapping up a first-step nuclear deal with world powers, President Rouhani was opening a potentially tougher diplomatic front: Selling the give-and-take to his country's powerful interests led by the Revolutionary Guard. Whether Iran?s hard-liners will aid or obstruct expanded UN inspections and other points of the accord stands as the biggest wild card on whether it can hit it marks and test Iran's claims that it does not seek nuclear weapons. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Hassan Rouhani, Iran's president, has more cabinet members with Ph.D. degrees from U.S. universities than Barack Obama does. In fact, Iran has more holders of American Ph.D.s in its presidential cabinet than France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, or Spain--combined.

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