Friday, October 24th, 2014

A sign of hope in Iran talks?

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has more people in his Cabinet with Ph.D.s from American universities than U.S. President Barack Obama.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has more people in his Cabinet with Ph.D.s from American universities than U.S. President Barack Obama.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is seen as a moderate more willing to engage the West, in part because of the backgrounds of his closest advisers.

Unlike brash, hard-lined predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Rouhani nominated several cabinet members with advanced degrees from other countries -- a fact that surfaced during a discussion on the Iranian nuclear deal moderated by Bob Schieffer of CBS’ Face the Nation.

"I was very interested that I read, I think it was in The Atlantic, that Rouhani has more cabinet members with Ph.D.s from American universities, he has more of those in his cabinet than President (Barack) Obama does," Schieffer said at the Dec. 9, 2013, forum at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

Intrigued by the point, we wanted to know if it was true.

Read our fact-check here.