Tag: Iranian Nuclear Program

Can There Be An Iran Nuclear Breakthrough in New York?

Can There Be An Iran Nuclear Breakthrough in New York?

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

The Illusion of AIPAC’s Invincibility

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

The Iran Deal Legitimizes a Terrorist Group

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

The Potential for Nuclear Proliferation in Saudi Arabia

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?

Which Iran Will We Choose?

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: A Result of the Sanctions Policy?

The Geneva Agreement: A Result of the Sanctions Policy?

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

Iran’s Interests in the Nuclear Negotiations

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

The Iran Nuclear Deal: Tension on the Horizon

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)

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

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...

US-Iran: Another Victory For Diplomacy?

US-Iran: Another Victory For Diplomacy?

Hope for a real improvement in US-Iranian relations is not far-fetched.  Observers of the relationship between the US and Iran recently lived through one of those rare weeks when the colored glass in the kaleidoscope shifts and the outlook changes. It was a momentous week, possibly a...

Israel on the Sidelines

Israel on the Sidelines

A proposed Mediterranean nuclear-free zone would directly confront Israel’s seldom acknowledged nuclear arsenal. Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren recently spelled out quite clearly for MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell what his government’s attitude toward possible new...

Iran: Democracy, Rouhani and the Green Movement (Part 2/2)

Iran: Democracy, Rouhani and the Green Movement (Part 2/2)

Under Rouhani, it will be a lot harder to demonize Iran. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. Manuel Langendorf: Was Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s ally, Rahim Mashaie, excluded from the election because he is an opponent of Khamenei and the conservative establishment? Was...

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