Rouhani's conservative rivals are exploiting growing pessimism about the economy, increasing the odds that someone more hostile to the West might become Iran's next president.
The tentative Boeing jet deal prompted outrage among Republicans but barely a peep among Iran's own conservatives, despite their aversion to warmer economic ties with the U.S.
The Iranian president will finally get a parliament that backs his reforms. But much still stands in his way.
Two of Iran's more moderate political factions have joined together to make sure they're not shut out of parliament.
The sanctions are being lifted, the economy is opening up – and Tehran's conservatives are furious.
The nuclear deal may be signed, but the history of the Islamic regime shows they will continue to rely on external conflicts to consolidate power.