- By Blake Hounshell
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Blake joined Foreign Policy in 2006 after living in Cairo, where he studied Arabic, missed his Steelers finally win one for the thumb, and worked for the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies. Blake was a 2011 finalist for the Livingston Awards prize for young journalists for his reporting on the Arab uprisings, and his Twitter feed was named one of Time magazine's "140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2011." Under his leadership, in 2008, Passport, FP's flagship blog, won Media Industry Newsletter's "Best of the Web" award in the blog category. Along with Elizabeth Dickinson, he edited Southern Tiger: Chile's Fight for a Democratic and Prosperous Future, the memoirs of former Chilean president Ricardo Lagos, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012.
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So how did Iran respond to U.S. President Barack Obama’s midnight overture?
Predictably, by kicking him in the teeth.
Speaking before an audience of thousands in Mashhad, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said Saturday that "changes in words" wouldn’t be enough to recast the relationship.
So far, Khamenei sees more of the same. "We do not have any record of the new U.S. president," he told the crowd. "We are observing, watching and judging. If you change, we will also change our behavior. If you do not change, we will be the same nation as 30 years ago."
The Associated Press, however, sees a potential opening in this remark by Khamenei: ”Should you change, our behavior will change too.”
It remains to be seen just how much change from the U.S. side would be sufficient. Khamenei’s advice? "Avoid an arrogant tone, avoid arrogant behavior, avoid bullying behavior, do not interfere in nations’ affairs, be contented with your own share, do not define interests extra-territorially all over the world."