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Iran Diplomacy

Will House Democrats #StandWithJan to Back the Iran Talks?

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

House Democrats will play a key role in whether the Obama administration can get a deal with Iran.

What Did Democrats Win in the Cardin Compromise on the Corker Bill?

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

This isn't a small change; it's absolutely crucial. The original language in the Corker bill represented an existential threat to the negotiations.

Does Alan Grayson Want War With Iran?

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.10.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Right now, on the issue of war with Iran, Rep. Grayson is playing for the AIPAC team, not the public team. While Leader Pelosi is defending the framework deal with Iran negotiated by the administration and the Europeans, Grayson is trashing it.

Celebrating Compromise in Teheran

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija | Posted 04.10.2015 | Good News
Dr. Jovan Kurbalija

Faced with the reality and complexity of human society, even the strictest ideologies and religions have to compromise. The streets of Teheran have witnessed an evolution from the parades of one religious truth a few decades ago, to yesterday's celebration of compromise.

Democrats Blast Schumer Threat to Kill Iran Deal

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Democratic constituency groups opposed to war with Iran are furious that New York Democrat and Senate Minority Leader "heir apparent" Chuck Schumer is threatening to scuttle the possibility of a diplomatic agreement with Iran.

Saudi, Israeli Support for Iran Deal Clouds Critics' Narrative

Jon Rainwater | Posted 04.07.2015 | World
Jon Rainwater

As long as there are civilian nuclear programs in the region there is the danger of nuclear proliferation. But a comprehensive agreement that effectively and verifiably constrains Iran's nuclear programs could have a positive effect on neighboring countries

Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders Back Iran Framework Deal

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

As it was before, so it is now: the question of whether Congress will blow up diplomacy with Iran and put us on a path to another war is ultimately a question about Senate Democrats.

Rumor Control: Contra NYT, Iran Didn't Renege on Shipping Uranium

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.30.2015 | Media
Robert Naiman

So, the New York Times has corrected the record. Mazl tov! Is the world the same now as it would be if the NYT had never run the scary headline in the first place?

Schumer's Choice: To Succeed Reid, He Must Back Iran Deal

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has announced that he will not run for re-election. Reid has endorsed Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) to succeed him as Democratic leader.

Opposing Two States, Netanyahu Unmasks GOP-Likud Agenda of Fake Diplomacy

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Perhaps it's natural for Netanyahu and the Cotton 47 to think: Netanyahu has gotten away with fake diplomacy with the Palestinians, why can't the U.S. do fake diplomacy with Iran?

Will the 47 Diplomacy Saboteurs Have Democratic Enablers?

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Democrats have been outraged by 47 Senate Republicans ostentatiously trying to blow up negotiations with Iran with their "open letter" to Iranian leaders. But in terms of practical outcomes, the main drama still lies ahead.

Speaker Boehner, Cancel Netanyahu's Address to Congress

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

If the invitation was aimed to extract a better deal from Iran and protect our friend and ally Israel, then the speaker miscalculated, for it will do the opposite. If the invitation was aimed at scoring political points by undermining the administration, it's deeply troubling that the speaker is willing to undercut diplomacy in exchange for theatrics on the House floor.

Warren and Sanders: Missing Voices for Iran Diplomacy?

Robert Naiman | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

If you're going to be an alternative to Hillary, you have to be an alternative to Hillary all the way around, not just on corporate power and the economy.

On Preventing Iran War, Gary Peters is No Carl Levin

Robert Naiman | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The still too quiet majority must ramp up its engagement to defend diplomacy. If enough Michigan Democrats get on the horn, maybe Gary Peters will find a phone booth and change into Carl Levin.

A Cold War Lesson for Iran

Nicholas Burns | Posted 09.16.2014 | World
Nicholas Burns

Diplomacy in war and peace negotiations requires strategy and patience, not an illusory quick fix. Diplomacy is messy, often involving difficult compromises with unseemly governments. But it is also how the vast majority of international crises are actually resolved -- through negotiation rather than through the barrel of a gun. Those are worthy lessons to remember after the Iraq and Afghan wars.

Britain To Re-open Embassy In Iran

Reuters | Posted 08.17.2014 | World

LONDON, June 17 (Reuters) - Britain plans to re-open its embassy in Iran, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Tuesday, sa...

A Retrospective on US Diplomacy Toward Iran

Joseph Braude | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics
Joseph Braude

Last year I had the opportunity to speak with former Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama White House officials about the history of efforts at diplomacy with the Iranian regime.

Ruthless Dictator Harry Reid Represses GOP Warmongers

Robert Naiman | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Senate Republicans want to put the U.S. on a path to war with Iran. They'd like to use the Senate to blow up the president's efforts to reach a diplomatic agreement with Iran to prevent war. But Republicans don't control the Senate. Therefore, Harry Reid is a dictator.

'Letters From Iran' -- Hope for Peace and Diplomacy

Roshanak Ameli-Tehrani | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Roshanak Ameli-Tehrani

It has become easy, almost fashionable for a vocal minority to demonize Iranians. It's harder to recognize the hope and opportunity that exists. Or is it?

First British Delegation In Years Visits Iran

AP | BY NASSER KARIMI | Posted 03.09.2014 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A British Parliament delegation arrived in Tehran on Tuesday on the first visit by U.K. lawmakers to Iran in years, as the two c...

Does Tea Party Hero Mike Lee Really Want a War With Iran?

Robert Naiman | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Some Republicans, like John McCain, never met a war they didn't like. But Senator Mike Lee is not one of those Republicans.

Iran: Nuclear Energy for War or Peace? A Renewable Suggestion

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Mitchell J. Rabin

One of the many serious issues the planet faces is whether or not Iran's nuclear program is to develop weapons or to be able to turn on a switch for l...

Make the 1 Percent Pay for the Iran War

Robert Naiman | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Now we know that it's actually not so hard to get Washington to do the right thing if the choices are framed correctly. Having learned this lesson, let us apply it to the question of future wars, and to the proposed Iran war in particular.

A Jewish Atheist Responds to the Pope's Call for Peace

Robert Naiman | Posted 02.28.2014 | World
Robert Naiman

Speaking as a Jewish atheist, I would like to take this opportunity to respond to the pope's appeal to me to make common cause with him for peace. A sus órdenes, Pope Francis. Count me in. The verdict of history has been decisive. Stalin was wrong. The pope is a powerhouse.

The EU Parliament Visits Iran -- An Important Step for Diplomacy

Trita Parsi | Posted 12.30.2013 | World
Trita Parsi

The range of problem areas between the West and Iran are extensive -- the nuclear issue, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and human rights in Iran just to name a few. And none of them can be resolved or effectively addressed unless the two sides talk to each other.