US-Iran Relations: Changing the Discourse

December 19, 2013

The time is ripe for restructuring American discourse on Iran. The landmark interim accord between the P5+1 and Iran has generated a storm of speculation. Critics have voiced outrage, echoing Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s claim that the agreement marks a “historic...

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...

US-Iran Relations: Can Pragmatism and Dialogue Triumph? (Part 1/2)

October 12, 2013

Despite antagonistic identity politics, US-Iran relations have a history of pragmatic dialogue. This is first of a two part series. Relations between the US and Iran have been compellingly described as a “Sisyphus act.” Sisyphus was a king in Greek mythology. As punishment for his...

International Sanctions and the Asian-Iranian Economic Dialogue (Part 2/2)

August 29, 2013

Economic relations between Iran and its Asian partners might be limited, but are never completely cut. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. The extra-territorial nature of US sanctions, as well as the fact that these measures were supported by a large number of...

Iranians’ Vote Can Open Closed Channels

June 17, 2013

Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, could bring change to US-Iranian relations. After seven years' absence from the panel, in May, the United States won back a seat representing the Western group on the United Nations committee on program and coordination. When the committee reorganized...