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LIGNET: Would an Obama-Rouhani Meeting Be a Breakthrough or a Bust?

Tuesday, 24 Sep 2013 01:41 PM

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President Barack Obama, left, in New York City on Sept. 23 and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, right, in Tehran on Sept. 22. The two leaders are expected to meet this week at the UN. (Obama photo Getty Images, Rouhani photo AFP/Getty Images)
A meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York this week would be a high-stakes gamble for both leaders. Obama would be expected to make some progress in persuading Iran to change course on its development of nuclear weapons. But Rouhani may not have any flexibility on this. LIGNET surveyed top foreign policy experts — including former CIA Director Michael Hayden, former UN Ambassador John Bolton, and Iran expert Michael Ledeen — to find out whether they think a meeting is a good idea, and what might come from it.

Click here to read what they said, only at LIGNET.com.

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