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Iran Diplomacy

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.

Before Deciding on the Future, the U.S. Should Review Its Past Approach to Iran

Shireen T. Hunter | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Shireen T. Hunter

As part of this review and assessment, the U.S. should ask itself whether it had been well-advised by its regional allies in snubbing Iran.

Iran Cooties: Will Obama Meet with Rouhani Tuesday?

Robert Naiman | Posted 11.19.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

On Tuesday, President Obama has a historic opportunity to end the "Iran cooties" policy. Iran's newly-elected, pragmatic, pro-diplomacy President Hassan Rouhani is going to be addressing the United Nations General Assembly. So is U.S. President Barack Obama.

Obama To Test Iran's Interest In Dialogue

Reuters | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics

(Corrects 4th paragraph to say Telemundo instead of Univision) WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Tuesday...

Washington Reassesses Iran Policy

Joel Rubin | Posted 09.24.2013 | World
Joel Rubin

This Washington reassessment of the new possibilities for negotiations with Iran is remarkable, especially when compared to the American political environment of less than a year ago.

An Obama-Rouhani Communique: The World's Best Chance at Peace

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 09.23.2013 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

Favoring the pressure track of sanctions over a military intervention, it is not yet clear whether Obama is contemplating a grand bargain with Tehran, but the glimmer of an opportunity seems there. What is certain is that Rouhani represents Washington's best chance for peace.

Iran Leak Reveals Senate Push for Regime Change

Kate Gould | Posted 07.10.2013 | World
Kate Gould

The legislation would not only signal U.S. regime change policy to the Iranian government -- it would also signal to the Iranian people as a whole that the U.S. is determined to pursue regime change by making ordinary Iranians suffer.

Senators Open Back Door for War With Iran

Kate Gould | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Kate Gould

Nearly half of the Senate has signed on to what is nicknamed the "Back Door to War" resolution, which calls for the U.S. to pledge military support for a potential Israeli attack on Iran. This resolution could be a precursor to a full-on authorization of military force.

Crisis! Pro-Obama Jews Must Demand Diplomacy Advocate Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense

Robert Naiman | Posted 02.24.2013 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Since many of our Christian brothers and sisters are offline for the Christmas holiday, I thought this would be a good time for the pro-Obama Jews to ...

Iran: No to Sanctions, No to War

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 12.04.2012 | World
MJ Rosenberg

The bottom line then is that neither sanctions nor war can succeed. That leaves one option that is never considered: unconditional diplomacy.

Congress Pushes for War With Iran

Stephen Zunes | Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

President Obama's "red line" on Iran -- the point at which his administration would consider taking military action against the country -- has been the reactionary regime's actual procurement of nuclear weapons.

Europe's Unique Opportunity to Act

Trita Parsi | Posted 08.12.2012 | World
Trita Parsi

By delaying -- not lifting -- its impending embargo on Iranian oil for six months, Europe will give decisive breathing space to an otherwise constricted negotiation process. The Iranians should, in turn, freeze the enrichment of 20 percent uranium for that same period.

Friends of Israel, Iran Negotiations Will Require Patience

Joel Rubin | Posted 06.06.2012 | Politics
Joel Rubin

While an opportunity exists to create a permanent solution to the Iranian nuclear challenge through diplomacy, this opportunity is fragile and uncertain. Therefore, what we need now more than ever is patience.

"No Contact" Is the Keystone XL of Iran Policy

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.03.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

How could we get a clean shot at what the administration is not doing to move the ball forward on Iran diplomacy? We can demand the reversal of the "no contact" policy for U.S. diplomats.

Case For Bombing Iran Collapses

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.20.2012 | World
MJ Rosenberg

One critical element leads me to the conclusion that the United States will not go to war with Iran, nor allow Israel to do so. It is this: common sense.

With Iran, Threat Inflation Is the Threat

William Astore | Posted 05.12.2012 | World
William Astore

If a nuclear-armed Iran is indeed the greatest threat we as a nation face, that is indeed good news. Even better: Our latest intelligence estimate suggests that Iran still doesn't have a nuclear weapon, nor is it clear whether its leaders have decided to build one.

Iran: Smoke, Mirrors and the Rest

Imogen Lloyd Webber | Posted 03.12.2012 | Media
Imogen Lloyd Webber

The only certainty we have in the public discourse in regards to Iran is that we are dealing with smoke and mirrors with every player.

Israel and Iran Need Diplomacy, Not Destruction

Qasim Rashid | Posted 05.08.2012 | World
Qasim Rashid

When our arrogance makes us ignorant to the horror that is war -- WWIII will have begun. Recall with humility, then, that WWI and WWII killed 20 million and 60 million respectively and wounded many millions more.

Reading Tuchman in Tehran

Mark Jacobson | Posted 05.08.2012 | World
Mark Jacobson

The current tension between Israel and Iran, including incredibly heated rhetoric calling for preemptive actions and assassinations is eerily reminiscent of the period before the summer of 1914, when the sense of "inevitability" of war seized national leaders.

Romney Destroys Netanyahu's Big Week

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

We have one person to thank for the fact that President Barack Obama successfully let Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu know 'who's the boss' both at the AIPAC conference and at a meeting between the two at the White House on Monday. Thank you, Mitt Romney.

Don't Let Iran Be a Second Iraq

Jamal Abdi | Posted 04.29.2012 | World
Jamal Abdi

Just as with the lead-up to the Iraq War, the pathway to war with Iran will be paved with false assertions, self-fulfilling saber-rattling and political weakness that might seem insignificant now, but will in retrospect turn out to be disastrous.

Boycott the Occupation, Not Israel

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 04.28.2012 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Yes, boycott the occupation -- the settlers, the politicians who support them, and the businesses that sustain them. But not Israel itself, unless you think that it is a society beyond redemption. It isn't -- no more than we are.

Keith Ellison and Walter Jones Stand Up for Diplomatic Engagement With Iran

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.25.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

Largely missing from the recent political debate, until now, has been a full-throated defense of diplomatic engagement with Iran towards negotiated agreements that would resolve or mitigate international concerns about its disputed nuclear program.