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$6-$35 Billions Annually to Assad: Stronger Iran, Mightier Assad?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 07.28.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

In the ongoing 4-year-long civil war, the Islamic Republic- one of the major bank-rollers for the Syrian government- has approximately spent between $6 and $35 billion a year in order to keep its staunchest regional ally, Bashar Al Assad in power.

Israel Ambassadors Support Deal With Iran

Joe Cirincione | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

These ambassadors join the overwhelming majority of former diplomats and national security officials who have come out in favor of the deal to block all of Iran's pathways to a bomb. There is fierce opposition to the agreement, but most is from political figures and neoconservative groups, with few former senior officials backing them.

John Kerry's Confident The IAEA Can Handle Iran, But Congress Isn't Buying It

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

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Nuclear Iran: Five Reasons Why the IAEA Is Up to the Task

Peter Yeo | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Peter Yeo

With a nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 in place, both supporters and opponents can agree there is a key lynchpin to its successful implementation: the IAEA. Before any sanctions can be lifted, the very large job of monitoring Iran's compliance falls to the United Nation's nuclear watchdog.

Iran Nuclear Deal: Four Concentric Circles

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 07.18.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Although the deal will be signed soon, and although it has been described as a good deal by the relevant parties, there exist several crucial ambiguities and unanswered questions about the IAEA's role and the military dimension of Iran's nuclear program.

Nuclear Agreement a Boost to Civil Society in Iran -- but Also to Proxy Wars in the Middle East

Ramin Jahanbegloo | Posted 07.15.2015 | World
Ramin Jahanbegloo

The Vienna agreement is a turning point in the history of the Islamic Republic of Iran, but also a big step for the geostrategic future of the region. From now on Iran will be a full partner in the big game in the Middle East and the world.

Iran, U.S., Obama, P5+1: Nuclear Deal, Win-Win Deal? What Next?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 07.14.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

It is crucial not to raise our expectations and conflate our analysis with hope. The most crucial parts of the deal still remain to be implemented. The current deal is an understanding, agreement and accord.

Obama Fears Nuclear Failure While Iran Seeks Political Opprtunism

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 07.12.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

When we analyze the negotiations and terms comprehensively, it becomes evident that the current terms being negotiated will not only keep Iran's nuclear infrastructure and threat primarily intact, but it will create a whole new regional security dilemma, geopolitical concerns, and nuclear arms race in the region.

Iran-U.S. Nuclear Talks: What Absolute Deadlines?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 07.02.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

De-emphasizing and missing the deadlines appears to be a result of concerted efforts by the United States and Iran to show their domestic constituents and the global community that both sides are taking the deal seriously.

Will P5+1 and Iran Clinch a Deal?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 06.28.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

After years of negotiations, the Islamic Republic and the six world powers, known as the P5+1; China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, plus Germany, are only a few days away from the June 30 deadline to seal a final nuclear deal.

Making a Kosher Deal With Iran

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 06.25.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

While this might seem overly intrusive, if we are to apply the needs of kosher food verification to Iran's nuclear ambitions, we need to use the strongest means of verification and inspection possible.

What if the Nuclear Deadline Is Missed? The Contended Standoff

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

With less than two weeks remaining before the nuclear deadline of June 30th, the progress between the six world powers (known as the p5+1; the United States, United Kingdom, China, France, Russia, plus Germany) and the Islamic Republic appears to be on the rise and auspicious for the involved parties.

Iran Parliament Bans Access To Military Sites, Scientists

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 06.21.2015 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — With some lawmakers chanting "Death to the America," Iran's parliament voted to ban access to military sites, documents and scie...

Iran Welcomes Shell, BP, Total and American Oil Companies

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 06.14.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

In an unprecedented move, Iranian leaders have welcomed American oil companies to enter Iran, upon the condition that sanctions are lifted. This move suggests that the Islamic Republic is putting its economic interests ahead of its revolutionary ideological interests.

Russian-Iranian Arms Sale: Repercussions of the Nuclear Talks

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 05.11.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The prospect of a final nuclear deal has prompted a race among several countries to benefit from the easing of UN Security Council sanctions against Iran. A competition to secure trade with Iran has already been initiated. And Russia, a long-term strategic ally of the Islamic Republic, would not desire to fall behind.

Why Tehran Fears the Iraqization of Iran on Nuclear Inspections

Akbar Ganji | Posted 05.05.2015 | World
Akbar Ganji

Ayatollah Khamenei has said repeatedly that Libya gave up its nuclear program, helped the United States in its confrontation with terrorism, and yet it was attacked by NATO and the United States.

Iran: Diplomacy or War?

Bob Burnett | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The Iran agreement may go ahead without their approval, but Republicans are playing a dangerous game: once again, they are favoring war over diplomacy.

Ali Watkins

Someone's Got To Pay For The Iran Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Washington and its negotiating partners celebrate a historic step toward dismantling Iran's nuclear program, a lesser-known and cash-...

Iran Deal Is One Of The Toughest Sells Of Obama's Presidency

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN and CONNIE CASS | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing deep skepticism on multiple fronts, President Barack Obama ramped up lobbying Monday for a framework nuclear deal with Iran...

Iran Nuclear Deal Pits U.S. Congress Versus U.S. Allies?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 06.05.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The most serious challenge to the nuclear deal may be that it does not at all address the human rights record of the Tehran theocracy or statements challenging the legitimacy of Israel. However, from the perspective of the Obama Administration and most U.S. allies, the nuclear deal is seen as a first step in empowering a more progressive trend with Iran.

10-Point Field Guide to Any Iran Nuclear Framework Agreement

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.31.2015 | Politics
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

If and when a 'framework agreement" is concluded, here is my latest "Field Guide" to assess whatever may emerge tonight, tomorrow or whenever.

How to Know if the Iran Deal Is a Good Deal

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

World leaders are close to an historic agreement that would roll back and contain Iran's nuclear program. In order for the deal to succeed, however, it must deliver on three core issues.

CIA Evidence from Whistleblower Trial Could Tilt Iran Nuclear Talks

Norman Solomon | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
Norman Solomon

A month after former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling was convicted on nine felony counts with circumstantial metadata, the zealous prosecution is now having potentially major consequences -- casting doubt on the credibility of claims by the U.S. government that Iran has developed a nuclear weapons program.

Escalation of Tensions: Israel and the Shiite Front (Iran-Hezbollah)

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 04.01.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Since any military retaliation from Hezbollah, leading to a wider conflict with Israel, will pull Iran in as well, Iranian leaders are more likely to caution Hezbollah about using any tactics or strategy that might bring about a war.

Israel Sounds Alarm on Threat of Islamic Republic

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 12.17.2014 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

As the deadline for the final nuclear deal between the P5+1 and the Islamic Republic becomes closer, and as the world powers appear to be softening their demands on Iran's nuclear capabilities, Netanyahu's fear in the signing of a final nuclear deal and his objective is to postpone this process between Iran and six world powers.