Can There Be An Iran Nuclear Breakthrough in New York?

September 22, 2014

The US and Iranian negotiating positions can both be faulted, but there is potential for them to find common ground. As heads of government arrive in New York for the this year’s United Nations General Assembly — where the US, European Union, Russia, China and Iran have resumed negotiations...

The Illusion of AIPAC’s Invincibility

February 19, 2014

The illusion that AIPAC is invincible has been shattered. The defeat of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) ill-advised push for new sanctions on Iran in the midst of successful negotiations is nothing short of historic. The powerful and hawkish pro-Israeli lobby's...

The Iran Deal Legitimizes a Terrorist Group

February 06, 2014

Negotiating with Iran provides legitimacy to its Lebanese proxy: Hezbollah. Hezbollah can destroy any target within Israel, a senior commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) recently said, while US officials say Syrian forces have transferred advanced guided...

The Potential for Nuclear Proliferation in Saudi Arabia

January 23, 2014

Riyadh's lack of confidence in the Joint Plan of Action raises questions over its traditional stance of non-proliferation. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has long been a champion for the establishment of a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone in the Middle East, owing to a combination of its isolation from...

Which Iran Will We Choose?

December 23, 2013

Collaboration with Iran on scientific projects can facilitate a comprehensive nuclear deal. The historic interim agreement between the permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) and Iran over its nuclear dispute is not just about enrichment, centrifuges and breakout...

The Geneva Agreement and the Future of US-Iranian Relations (Part 1/2)

December 22, 2013

No immediate rapprochement is expected between the US and Iran.   Few policy makers in the United States conceal the fact that the Obama administration would like to use the intention of Iranian authorities — to normalize their relations with the West — to restore political...

The Geneva Agreement: A Result of the Sanctions Policy?

December 04, 2013

Iran’s new foreign policy is primarily not a result of pressure through sanctions. After intense negotiations between Iran and world powers (chiefly among them the United States), November 24 saw a historic breakthrough. In a six-month interim agreement, Tehran has committed itself to a...

Iran’s Interests in the Nuclear Negotiations

December 04, 2013

Iran’s goal in the nuclear negotiations is not just an easing of sanctions. Iran’s catastrophic economic situation is seen by many observers as the Rouhani government’s central motive to end the nuclear standoff – and the sanctions against Iran – as quickly as...

The Iran Nuclear Deal: Tension on the Horizon

November 28, 2013

With hopeful signs coming from the Gulf, Israel and Congress promise a fight. The early hours of November 24, 2013, witnessed the signing of a new nuclear deal between the P5+1 and Iran in Geneva. After prolonged negotiations, both sides came to an agreement that would halt and even roll back...

US-Iran Relations: Can Pragmatism and Dialogue Triumph? (Part 2/2)

October 15, 2013

Despite antagonistic identity politics, US-Iran relations have a history of pragmatic dialogue. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. What is there to say about rapprochement being unable to reemerge in light of changing geopolitical paradigms and actors? Violence was...

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