New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (l.) and Rep. Joe Sestak (D) of Pennsylvania, take questions during a news conference in Philadelphia, Penn., on Aug. 17. Bloomberg endorsed Sestak in his bid to fill Sen. Arlen Specter's Senate seat. Matt Rourke/AP
Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Pat Toomey makes remarks at a news conference held by the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste in view of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Penn., on July 19. Matt Rourke/AP
Rep. Joe Sestak speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 28. Charles Dharapak/AP
Rep. Joseph Sestak is seen in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 20. Sestak defeated Sen. Arlen Specter in the Democratic primaries and will be the Democratic candidate in the 2010 election for Specter's senate seat. Harry Hamburg/AP
On Jan. 30, Sen Arlen Specter speaks at a gathering sponsored by labor unions and citizen activist groups in Harrisburg, Pa. Carolyn Kaster/AP
Rep. Joe Sestak (l.) and Rep. Pat Toomey take part in a town hall meeting in Allentown, Penn., in September 2009. Rick Smith/AP
Veteran Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania discusses his new Democratic Party allegiance at the White House with President Barack Obama on April 29, 2009. J. Scott Applewhite/AP
To achieve a long-term deal with the P5+1, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani must also win the battle against his critics at home. His real challenge is to convince the poor that they stand to gain from a rapprochement with the West. If life gets more difficult for them, this will be a hard sell.
Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, was elected to office with two distinct, though related, missions: to diffuse the tensions with the West over Iran’s nuclear program and to revive Iran’s economy that has been languishing under bad management and severe international sanctions. Last month his team, led by foreign minister Javad Zarif, won domestic and international acclaim for succeeding in sealing an interim agreement with the P5+1 world power in Geneva.