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Obama's Real Achievement With the Iran Deal

Trita Parsi | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
Trita Parsi

Obama has blocked all of Iran's pathways to a bomb. But more importantly, he has proven to America that security is better achieved through diplomacy than through militarism.

Washington-Tehran Embassies? Khamenei's Private and Public Views on the U.S.

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.30.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Khamenei holds two stances on the U.S. -- one in private, and one in public -- for the purpose of preserving his legitimacy. When speaking in public, Khamenei's speeches and statements clearly characterize his distrust towards the "Great Satan." Khamenei does this for multiple reasons.

In Open Letter, Former Iranian Foreign Minister Calls on U.S. Congress to Approve Nuke Deal

Nathan Gardels | Posted 08.28.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

"It is true that this nuclear agreement does not address issues of freedom, democracy, and human rights in Iran, for which we and many others strive, inside Iran, at great risk, on a daily basis. But you must know that economic deprivation and the pall of war have never advanced those causes. They only make that struggle so much harder."

Say No To Diplomacy!

Clifford J. Tasner | Posted 08.28.2015 | Comedy
Clifford J. Tasner

Please don't ruin this great opportunity for those of us in the Merchant of Death community! If diplomacy is allowed to work, our government might want to try it somewhere else and another war won't be allowed to occur. Please don't let diplomacy squelch our dreams of another great big long-lasting war in the Middle East!

The Biggest Myths About Doing Business with Iran

Dick Simon | Posted 08.26.2015 | World
Dick Simon

We think we know all about Iranians, having seen "Argo," "Homeland" and myriad other media consistently feeding us a narrative of "dangerous Iranians," but there is a lot that Americans and many in the West are unclear about.

The Case for Diplomacy

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics
Lee H. Hamilton

We continue to live in a tough, violent world. Certainly, there will be occasions when we have to strike these individuals before they strike us. But I continue to believe strongly that diplomacy must always be given a chance. And even if it fails, it is a prerequisite to gaining the support of others and the effective use of force.

Iranian Human Rights Defenders Coming Out Massively in Support of the Iran Deal

Trita Parsi | Posted 08.25.2015 | World
Trita Parsi

An unprecedented group of Iranian human rights defenders and pro-democracy activists have come out in a massive wave in support of Iran nuclear agreement.

Why the Nuclear Agreement With Iran Is a Defeat for Ayatollah Khamenei

Muhammad Sahimi | Posted 08.24.2015 | World
Muhammad Sahimi

Khamenei's defeat bodes well for Iran. After the crippling sanctions and the shadow of a possible war with the U.S. are lifted, Iran's economy will begin to improve and Western investments will begin to flow into the country. With an improved economy and the absence of a threat to Iran's national security, democratic groups inside the country will be able to raise their voice and demand lifting of the security environment that has pervaded Iran since the Green Movement of 2009-2011.

If Iran Cheats, A Mapping Company In Northern Virginia Will Know

Alex Cacioppo | Posted 08.25.2015 | Technology
Alex Cacioppo

Vricon was formed out of a partnership between Saab and DigitalGlobe, the premier mapping company with its own dedicated satellites, in order to become the go-to source for the most advanced imagery anywhere.

Khamenei's Calculated Game: He Has Not Signed the Nuclear Deal-Tactical and Strategic Policy

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.24.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Unlike the former Iranian Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei rarely puts himself in a position of responsibility for crucial issues (with regard to domestic or foreign policy issues).

Republicans Who Blame Obama Over Iran Should Recall Bush's Role

Ivan Eland | Posted 08.23.2015 | Politics
Ivan Eland

The Republicans complain about Obama not doing enough to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear bomb, nor enough to blunt Iran's increasing regional influence in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen, yet one of their own -- George W. Bush -- had a big hand in aggravating these problems in the first place.

If Congress Rejects the Iran Deal, It Would Be a Historic Blunder

Seyed Hossein Mousavian | Posted 08.21.2015 | World
Seyed Hossein Mousavian

The most tragic consequence of Congress killing the deal would be that it would eliminate the prospect for greater U.S.-Iran cooperation in the region on areas of mutual concern. It would lock in continued enmity between the United States and Iran, serving only to exacerbate tension and conflict across the Middle East. To go down this path when such a mutually advantageous alternative exists would truly be a blunder of historic proportions.

Why the IAEA Would Yield to Iran on Inspecting the Parchin Weapons Site

Yousaf Butt | Posted 08.20.2015 | World
Yousaf Butt

LONDON -- It's hard to be certain, but it may be because the IAEA's track record under its previous head of safeguards, Olli Heinonen, is marred by the botched analysis of the Syrian site at Al Kibar. The Iranians may be insisting on carrying out the Parchin inspections themselves to make sure they, too, are not wrongly accused by the IAEA.

War's No Good, So... Sanctions?

Elie Jacobs | Posted 08.20.2015 | Politics
Elie Jacobs

Sanctions are a difficult economic tool to wrangle in the first place, because if they aren't targeted specifically on the people making decisions about policy (in this case, the Iranian nuclear program), they gamble on influencing pressures and internal political dynamics.

Why David Brooks Is Dead Wrong on the Iran Deal

Tyler Wigg-Stevenson | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics
Tyler Wigg-Stevenson

If you follow his argument, however, it's actually breathtakingly naive. And if you look at his sources, the column is downright embarrassing.

Nuclear Strategy and New Nuclear Powers

Michael Brenner | Posted 08.17.2015 | World
Michael Brenner

There is an underlying contradiction in the Non-Proliferation regime that has been in place for close to half a century. Simply put, the conception of proliferation risk that was embodied in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty had a critical flaw.

Inside Iran: Iranian People on Iran-West, Iran-U.S. Ties and the Nuclear Deal

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.16.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Some ordinary people view the deal and Iran-West improving their ties as a sign that their living standards will improve. They hope for the possibility of reform and the advance of human rights, such as, freedom of speech, press, assembly, social justice, rule of law and democracy.

War: What Is it Good For? Maybe Very Little

Elie Jacobs | Posted 08.14.2015 | Politics
Elie Jacobs

War cannot and should not be considered before all other options have been eliminated. This deal provides the option of significantly curtailing the Iranian program before a single sanction is lifted and keeping it under the vigilant eye of the world for at least the next decade -- three to five times longer than a preemptive strike.

Peaceful Civilian Nuclear Energy Means Monitoring and Money-Making

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 08.11.2015 | World
Mehrunisa Qayyum

Despite the political discomfort many Arab countries may have with Iran's nuclear framework, there is an element of economic discomfort among oil-rich, Arab countries because they will compete with Iran as the fourth largest oil reserve in the world.

Iranian Americans Firmly Support the Iran Nuclear Deal

Trita Parsi | Posted 08.11.2015 | World
Trita Parsi

Our community has been divided for decades. We continue to be divided on many issues. But on this issue, we all agree. It's a matter of war and peace, and peace is the obvious choice. It's a no brainer. The nuclear deal is on the right side of history.

Sen. Schumer, Your Work Is Far From Over

Elie Jacobs | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Elie Jacobs

Sen. Schumer, you have staked out a position on the Iran Deal that your constituents (this one included) are divided on. Take the opportunity to do what you do best -- roll up your sleeves and get to work on these important issues that need to be addressed no matter what happens in the coming weeks.

The 'Other' Options With Iran's Nuclear Program

Paul Heroux | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Paul Heroux

Opponents to the Iran deal often say that they could have gotten a better deal. These critics are largely found in the U.S. and in Israel. Critics are right for scrutinizing any deal. They would not be doing their job if they were giving it an automatic pass. However, being critical because a better alternative is desired is not realistic.

Doing Business With Post-Sanctions Iran: Risks and Opportunities

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.08.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

When it comes to Iran's economic landscape after the nuclear deal, major questions to address are: What sectors will likely witness foreign investment and flourish the most? Which countries are more likely to rekindle business and gain more? What will be the Iranian leaders invest in the most? What are the opportunities and risks?

How Do We Know President Obama Is Right That Iran Is 2-3 Months From a Nuclear Bomb?

Greta Van Susteren | Posted 08.04.2015 | Politics
Greta Van Susteren

Iran, like Iraq's Saddam Hussein, wants us to believe that it is close since that makes Iran both powerful (scary) and that threat provides great leverage in dealing with the rest of the world.

The Iranian People's Reaction to the Nuclear Deal

Farshad Farahat | Posted 08.03.2015 | Politics
Farshad Farahat

In the heart of the Middle East, the Iranian people have been the main force that drove its government to nuclear negotiations. For ten years, international sanctions and threats of war had not stopped Iran's nuclear program but instead emboldened it to expand.