I am not writing this piece to attack The Daily Beast for irresponsible journalism. I'm not writing this to defend NIAC either, though The Daily Beast's lies throughout the article about NIAC are deeply upsetting. I am writing to set the record straight about my dear friend, Siamak Namazi.
Since France, after fighting hard to toughen the terms of the deal, has ratified it, there are five essential reasons for us to move forward with the process and to play, determinedly but without illusion, the card of rapprochement and dialogue.
The conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen cannot be resolved unless Iran is at the negotiating table.
Rather than trying to constrain Iran and isolate it in its own region, the leaders of Saudi Arabia should acknowledge that Iran is their neighbor and that they can and should live in peace with each other.
The government claims to be working to improve Iran's human rights records, but many have observed that Rowhani's promises have not even begun to be fulfilled.
To make Iran a truly legitimate world player, Mr. Rouhani must now prioritize women's rights, and the international community must call for reform.
Javad Zarif is a name that both frightens and inspires. It frightens those who are unwilling to talk to the outside world and use the language of logic and reasoning to settle their disputes with their rivals. And it inspires those who have faith in the power of dialog, negotiation and peace.
Last month's tragic crane collapse in Mecca and stampede in Mina certainly damaged Saudi Arabia's prestige and have raised further question about Riyadh's capacity to effectively administer the Hajj.
For U.S. policymakers who seek to advance more sensible U.S. policies in the region, understanding Iran's positions is critical. Relying on delusions about Iranian policies and aims, as well as about American ones, is not only ineffective, but wholly counterproductive.
We may look back on this week as one of the true nadirs in America's post-9/11 efforts to lead the world, a series of events that make the failures of America's shallow strategies, of both Republican and Democratic administrations. It is a particular low point for President Obama.
As the Iranian government prepares to lay bare its most sensitive operations to dozens of the U.N. inspectors, it should also welcome the one individual charged with monitoring human rights, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed.
The Vienna nuclear agreement between Iran and the West was a major milestone for the geostrategic future of the Middle East, but it was also a breath of fresh air for Iranian civil society. There is now the possibility of Iranian civil society playing a different and more constructive role in the future of Iranian politics.
What is most diabolical about Putin's orchestrated defense of Assad wrapped in an anti-ISIS appeal is how much his brazen assessment is gaining traction in the least likely of places -- western Europe.
One could not have guessed that President Barack Obama was in his last years in office. He dropped gentle diplomacy and bluntly criticized Russia, China and even Iran, during his address to the United Nations General Assembly.
Iran has two national security camps. The first is concerned with threats to Iran's revolutionary ideology and values, while the second is concerned with perceived threats to Iran's national security and interests. Iran's foreign policy is a function of who wins the argument of the day.
Khamenei's defeat bodes well for Iran. After the crippling sanctions and the shadow of a possible war with the U.S. are lifted, Iran's economy will begin to improve and Western investments will begin to flow into the country. With an improved economy and the absence of a threat to Iran's national security, democratic groups inside the country will be able to raise their voice and demand lifting of the security environment that has pervaded Iran since the Green Movement of 2009-2011.