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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.

Iran and The UN Nuclear Watchdog Will Hold Talks

Reuters | Posted 12.06.2014 | World

DUBAI, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Iran and the U.N. nuclear watchdog will hold talks in Tehran on Tuesday, official media reported, their first since the cou...

Iran's Covert and Quiet Military Build Up and Operations

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The Islamic Republic has exercised a tactical shift with regards to its mass strategic signaling when it comes to its military and ballistic capabilities, development of nuclear technologies, covert operations, long-range missiles and ICBM capabilities.

Fukushima's Unsung Heroes and Implications of the New Seminal Report by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences for the Future of (Japan's) Nuclear Power Industry

Najmedin Meshkati | Posted 11.12.2014 | World
Najmedin Meshkati

Without respecting and understanding the vital role of human factors in technological systems and proactively addressing/cultivating/facilitating their performance during unexpected events, nuclear safety will only be a distant mirage and recovery will be an unattainable dream.

Will Israel Attack Iran's Nuclear Installation?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Israel has previously threatened to carry out attacks against Iran's nuclear installations. Nevertheless, the major dilemma is whether Israel would realistically attack Iran's nuclear facilities.

Senate Bill Would Cut Off Iran Nuclear Inspections

Ryan Costello | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Ryan Costello

For congressional hawks claiming to take a tough line against Iran's nuclear program, cutting off funding for enhanced International Atomic Energy Agency inspections over that program seems like an odd approach. Yet a new bill introduced by the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee would threaten to do just that.

Yellowcake and Eat It Too: Why An Extension of Nuclear Talks with Iran Is Good for America

Nathan Gonzalez | Posted 09.16.2014 | World
Nathan Gonzalez

A diplomatic resolution will not only bring stability and security for us and our allies, but it could prove the beginning of broader efforts to curtail Iran's more destructive activities in the region.

Iran: Human Rights Caught Between Diplomatic Progress and Political Deadlock

Karim Lahidji | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Karim Lahidji

To praise Iran's president for his diplomatic successes means forgetting all too easily that the situation within the country has changed little, if at all, since his election.

Got Global Governance?

Christopher Holshek | Posted 08.12.2014 | World
Christopher Holshek

If you want good global governance, you have to provide good global citizenship.