Will the Iranian and US foreign ministers win the Nobel Peace Prize next year?
Mohamed Elmenshawy, english.ahram.org.eg
[Iran's Foreign Minister Mohamed Jawad] Zarif was born in Tehran in 1960 and is considered a product of the Islamic regime, and is an advocate of public diplomacy. He is a diplomat, intellectual, and professional academic lecturer who has written many serious books and research papers on foreign policy and international law.
Zarif has a PhD in international law from Denver University, Colorado, and an MA in foreign relations from San Francisco University. Because of the years Zarif spent in the US, he was targeted by hardline conservatives and former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad removed him from government work in 2007.
Although he returned after the election of Rouhani in 2013, hardliners in Iran do not like his style of “smile diplomacy” which they say results in too much compromise with the Americans.