December 4, 2013

Give Iran's Scholar-Diplomats a Chance

Moises Naim, The Atlantic

The Associated Press

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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