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Iran Nuclear Deal

Do Fundamental Rights Matter to the EU?

Shadi Sadr | Posted 03.17.2017 | World
Shadi Sadr

Some have argued that in the post-Iran-deal-era, the EU would prefer to engage Tehran with human rights dialogue rather than adopting aggressive strategies such as public statement or human rights sanctions. Yet, there is not a single piece of evidence to show such engagement.

Fall of the Liberal-Humanitarian Agenda

Saad Khan | Posted 03.08.2017 | World
Saad Khan

Although fraught with challenges, the very promise of greater priority to human rights and socio-economic freedoms seemed enticing. Ironically, however, the promise has lately been eclipsed by hardcore realism.

Key Players in the Iranian Elections: Reformists, Celebrities and Social Media

Negar Mortazavi | Posted 03.05.2017 | World
Negar Mortazavi

Once again the Iranian people used the limited available democratic process, combined with unconventional tools and creative methods, to take another step towards political change. A slow process that started with the election of President Khatami and the birth of the reform movement in the 1990s continued through the 2009 election and post-election resistance, re-emerged in the 2013 election of moderate President Rouhani and again showed up in the two important elections last week. Iranians have been on a slow path to democracy and continue to progress -- with patience and with hope.

The New Iranian Parliament Is Loyal to Khamenei but Advocating for Rouhani

Seyed Hossein Mousavian | Posted 03.03.2017 | World
Seyed Hossein Mousavian

The message of these elections to global powers is that they should approach Iran with respect rather than with threats and drop anti-Iranian rhetoric. Iranians who went to the voting booths have a palpable sense of the indifference of the West to the existence of democracy and elections in Iran. They know that any claims by the West to respect public participation in Iran loses its credibility, because they see that Western allies in the region have zero democracy.

With Obama In Cuba, Netanyahu May Skip AIPAC Conference

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 03.02.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may skip a trip to Washington to speak at an annual pro-Israel policy conference that coincide...

Stupid Is as Stupid Votes: The U.S.-Russia Ceasefire and Our War on Errorism

Sam Corey | Posted 02.24.2017 | Politics
Sam Corey

Simply put, terrorism is an ideology and a tactic. Declaring War on Terrorism is as silly as proclaiming war on kamikazes during World War II.

Iran To Hold First Elections Since Nuclear Deal, But Don't Expect Change Overnight

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 02.25.2016 | World

Iranian voters head to the polls Friday for the first elections since last year’s nuclear agreement. They will choose members of the next parliament...

The U.S. Had A Cyberattack Planned If Iran Nuclear Dispute Led To Conflict

The New York Times | Annum Masroor | Posted 02.16.2016 | Politics

BERLIN — In the early years of the Obama administration, the United States developed an elaborate plan for a cyberattack on Iran in case the diploma...

Protecting Iranian-Americans from Second-Class Citizenship Overseas

Caitlin Steinke | Posted 02.14.2017 | Politics
Caitlin Steinke

Not only is this law discriminatory and unreasonable as a method of safeguarding national security, but the inclusion of Iran on the list of prohibited ethnicities to have and countries to have visited begs the question, why was it included?

Rouhani's Post-Deal Test Starts in Paris

Hadi Ghaemi | Posted 02.10.2017 | World
Hadi Ghaemi

This week, President Hassan Rouhani will visit Europe, including France, his first trip since the implementation of Iran's nuclear deal. The two governments will focus on boosting economic ties, and Rouhani will seek to end years of Iran's isolation.

A litmus test for Iran on the world stage: sports and air transport

James Dorsey | Posted 02.07.2017 | Sports
James Dorsey

Sports and air transport are likely to serve as indicators of whether Iran has the flexibility to become a major node in an increasingly globalized world. At the core of Iranian efforts to become a global sports and airline hub will be its willingness to relax strict gender segregation, dress codes and its ban on alcohol.

Despite Iran Deal Success, Beware of Attempts to Undermine It

Susan Shaer | Posted 02.01.2017 | World
Susan Shaer

While President Obama has the votes to sustain a certain veto should the bill reach his desk, deal opponents persist in sending a message that they will stop at nothing to undermine this signature foreign policy achievement.

Senator Wonders How Much Longer U.S. Will Blindly Support Saudi Arabia

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S.'s relationship with Saudi Arabia has weathered disagreements over how to rein in Iran, regime change across the Middle East and...

Mediation: The Real Weapon for Peace

Timo Soini | Posted 01.29.2017 | World
Timo Soini

Promoting peaceful and secure societies for all cannot be done with the participation of just a selected few. For peace agreements to be sustainable, more women must contribute to peace negotiations.

China & the Middle East: Tilting Towards Iran?

James Dorsey | Posted 01.28.2017 | World
James Dorsey

President Xi Jinping's visit to the Middle East, the first by a Chinese leader in seven years, saw the signing of billions of dollars' worth of agreements with Saudi Arabia and Egypt and a ten-fold expansion of trade with Iran over the next ten years.

What Happens To The U.S.-Iran Relationship Without Kerry And Zarif?

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For two countries that are not officially on speaking terms, the U.S. and Iran have had an impressive few weeks of diplomatic breakthrou...

What Everyday Iranians Have To Say About The Deal Now That It’s A Reality

The Huffington Post | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 01.24.2016 | World

“The best resolution.” “A path to the progressive world.” “Nothing more than a piece of paper.” These are just some of the ways Iranians i...

Obama Leaves a Legacy, Rouhani Kickstarts Presidency

Negar Mortazavi | Posted 01.21.2017 | World
Negar Mortazavi

President Obama will be out of office soon. These last victories will soon become legacies of an American leader who chose peace over war. President Rouhani, however, is just getting started.

Despite Iran Deal, U.S.-Iran Relations Still Very Much Up in the Air

Seyed Hossein Mousavian | Posted 01.21.2017 | World
Seyed Hossein Mousavian

Despite the recent achievements on Iran-U.S. relations, which have been unprecedented since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the wall of mistrust between Washington and Tehran remains thick. It is of critical importance for the pragmatists on each side to ensure they stick to fully implementing the nuclear deal.

Lifting the Sanctions Will Not End Iran's Revolutionary Zeal

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.21.2017 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The timely implementation of the Iran deal and Tehran's full compliance with its various provisions to date should not be viewed as just an accomplished goal, but as a continuing process that could take several years to determine its viability and the extent to which it impacts Iran's foreign and domestic policy.

Lifting The Sanctions Will Not End Iran's Revolutionary Zeal

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.21.2017 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The timely implementation of the Iran deal and Tehran's full compliance with its various provisions to date should not be viewed as just an accomplish...

Kerry Negotiated Directly With Iran To Bring 5th American Home

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Matthew Trevithick was arrested last December, American and Iranian diplomats were nearing a consensus on a prisoner agreement that...

3 Steps to Ensure U.S.-Iran Dialogue Continues Under Future Administrations

Trita Parsi | Posted 01.20.2017 | World
Trita Parsi

Since this new budding relationship with Iran has not been institutionalized, what will be left of it when the Obama administration leaves office? The challenge is to ensure that these channels of communication are not limited to the personal rapport that has developed between Kerry and Zarif, but will survive into succeeding administrations.

The Middle East: China Venturing Into the Maelstrom

James Dorsey | Posted 01.18.2017 | World
James Dorsey

CHINESE PRESIDENT Xi Jingping has effectively acknowledged that increasingly China will be unable to remain aloof to multiple crises in the Middle Eas...

Progressive Democrats Met Secretly With Iranian Diplomat In December

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In early December, six House Democrats traveled to New York for an under-the-radar meeting with Iran's U.N. Ambassador Gholamali Khoshro...