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Iran Negotiations

'The Iranian Threat'

Noam Chomsky | Posted 08.20.2015 | Politics
Noam Chomsky

In considering this matter, it is instructive to examine both the unspoken assumptions in the situation and the questions that are rarely asked. Let us consider a few of these assumptions, beginning with the most serious: that Iran is the gravest threat to world peace.

Everyday Iranians Weigh In On Nuclear Deal

The Huffington Post | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 08.14.2015 | World

When Roya Boroumand called her relative, a resident of Iran, to ask what he thought of the nuclear deal, he told her, “I just hope they don&rsq...

Pro-Iran Deal Lawmakers To Colleagues: Read The Intel, Dummies

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Ten members of Congress who have accessed the most sensitive information about Iran's nuclear program believe the recent deal to cap th...

Celebrities Explain Why The Iran Deal Is So Important

The Huffington Post | Ryan Buxton | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics

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Ted Cruz Exploits Americans Trapped In Iran To Score Political Points Against Obama

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Thursday used the plight of four Americans trapped in Iran to launch a political attack on the Obam...

Who Should Be Trusted in the Iran Deal?

Dennis Jett | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics
Dennis Jett

Many commentators greeted the agreement with deep skepticism. They dismissed the two years of negotiations with a single assertion: the deal should be rejected because the other side cannot be trusted. Some of these naysayers are right. There is reason to doubt whether the United States can be trusted.

Iran Deal: Who Won the Peace?

John Tirman | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
John Tirman

John F. Kennedy, licking his wounds from the Bay of Pigs debacle in Cuba, told a press conference that "Victory has a hundred fathers. Failure is an orphan." This piquant observation comes to mind as many of us celebrate the most historic foreign-policy achievement of the Obama presidency, and possibly the most important "victory" for global peace in the last three decades.

Nuclear Policy Exprets Expect A Very Good Deal With Iran

Joe Cirincione | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

We do not yet know all the details of the Iran deal, but if it lives up to the framework agreement reached on April 2, it will be a very good deal. An historic deal. A major victory for U.S. security and the security of our allies.

Sam Stein

Obama Wants An Iran Deal. He Also Doesn't Want To Be Blamed For Failure To Get One. | Sam Stein | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As international talks with Iran over its nuclear program enter the eleventh -- and twelfth and thirteenth -- hour, the Obama administra...

Why Are We Treating Iran as a Great Power?

Jonathan Adelman | Posted 07.06.2015 | World
Jonathan Adelman

To show weakness in the face of a rising, third-world, highly authoritarian regime will only encourage it to strive to achieve its goals of regional dominance in the Middle East over many American allies.

Bob Corker 'Alarmed' By Reports On Iran Talks

Reuters | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, June 15 (Reuters) - The chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee told President Barack...

The United States Must Take the Initiative to Forge Accords in the Middle East

Raghida Dergham | Posted 06.11.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

President Barack Obama has an opportunity to change the course of events in the Middle East, if he shows enough determination, boldness, and vision. This way, he could enter history as a bold leader.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen Should Sign the Pro-Diplomacy Letter

Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, Ret.) | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, Ret.)

President Obama said that he would sign the bill that was passed unanimously by the SFRC last week. Unfortunately, several Republicans are trying to make use of this bill to derail the negotiations with Iran and kill a final agreement.

Sheldon Adelson or James Baker? Who Should Drive GOP Foreign Policy?

David Paul | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics
David Paul

Perhaps nothing epitomizes the state of affairs in the Republican Party today more than the estrangement of James Baker from the Republican establishment. Nothing because, for what seems like decades, James Baker was the Republican establishment.

'Framework Iran' Sequel Leaves Audiences and Critics Confused

Matthew RJ Brodsky | Posted 06.13.2015 | World
Matthew RJ Brodsky

Even in the best case interpretation of the newly disagreed JCPOA, it is very likely that the deal will not meet the objective of preventing Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon -- and that's without picking apart all of the technical details of the parameters contained in the recent, questionable framework.

Celebrating Compromise in Teheran

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija | Posted 06.09.2015 | 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.

Tom Cotton Suggests We Could Take Care Of Iran With 'Several Days' Of Bombing

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics

Eliminating Iran's nuclear facilities with U.S. missile strikes would take a matter of days, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said in a radio interview Tuesda...

Why Iran Might Want To Enrich Uranium, Even If They Don't Want a Bomb

Chris Lawrence | Posted 06.07.2015 | Politics
Chris Lawrence

Our back-of-the-envelope reasoning typically proceeds as follows: Iran can buy reactor fuel on the international market for cheaper than what it costs to enrich it. Thus, the only reason for Iran to enrich is to produce fuel for a bomb.

Bipartisan Group of Over 50 Senior Military and Diplomatic Leaders Endorse Iran Deal Framework

Joe Cirincione | Posted 06.06.2015 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Today the Iran Project released a statement signed by a bipartisan group of over 50 retired military officials, U.S. foreign policy leaders, ambassadors, and leading national security experts, applauding the announcement of the framework agreement reached by the P5+1 and Iran.

Laura Barron-Lopez

GOP Steadfast On Passing Iran Bill Despite Obama's Plea To Stand Down | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Appearing in the Rose Garden on Thursday to announce the framework of a historic deal on Iran's nuclear program, President Barack Obama ...

Scott Conroy

Rand Paul Opts For An Extended 'No Comment' On Indiana Law, Iran Deal | Scott Conroy | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics

When there is breaking news on a controversy-laden topic, it’s not unusual for a politician to decline to respond publicly until the facts -- and, l...

Jessica Schulberg

All Eyes On Ben Cardin's Iran Policy | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the recently indicted Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) stepping down as ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Be...

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?

White House: Iran Nuclear Talks 'To Go Down To The Wire'

Reuters | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE, March 30 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama is receiving frequent briefings on international talks in Switzerland aimed a...

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.