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Iran Nuclear Talks

Iran's Leader Vows To Resist 'Excessive Demands' As Nuclear Talks Resume

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 05.20.2015 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader vowed Wednesday he will not allow international inspection of Iran's military sites or access to Iranian s...

Tell the Rich Persian Gulf States to 'Go Fish'

Ivan Eland | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Ivan Eland

Instead of negotiating with Iran, Israel and the Gulf States would have preferred the US to have conducted air strikes on that country, even if those strikes would have only temporarily set back Iran's nuclear program. The real interest in these regional rivals is to weaken Iran in any way possible.

How Can Iran and the United States Normalize Their Relationship After 36 Years of Mutual Satanization?

Bahman Baktiari | Posted 05.05.2015 | World
Bahman Baktiari

After thirty-six years of mutual satanization, it is easy to advance pessimistic arguments and to be doubtful about a future in which Iran and the United States will no longer be enemies. However, the nuclear negotiations and the prospect of a final nuclear accord demonstrate the fiction of the idea of permanent enemies destined to be in conflict with each other.

Jessica Schulberg

Why Congress Is Embracing Former Iranian Terrorists | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the U.S. continues to grapple with the threat of the Islamic State group, Republicans in Congress have argued that Iran should be a h...

Kerry, Iran FM Hold Nuke Talks As Senate Begins Deal Debate

AP | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration moved on two fronts Monday to advance its nuclear diplomacy with Iran, with talks between top U.S. and Ir...

Jessica Schulberg

How A Man Who Got His Start In Construction Became The Most Powerful Foreign Policy Voice In Congress | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Last week witnessed one of the most piqued foreign policy showdowns between the executive and legislative branch during the Obama presid...

Christian Leaders Voice Support for Iran Framework Agreement

Jim Wallis | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics
Jim Wallis

We are careful to trust not in words alone, but in actions that are fully transparent. The Framework Agreement, with its unprecedented provisions for verification, relies more on transparency than trust and offers the best path to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear-armed state.

Janie Velencia

Americans Want Congress To Have A Say On Iran Deal | Janie Velencia | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics

A significant majority of Americans want Congress to be involved in the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran, according to a new Suffolk University/US...

Ryan Grim

Nancy Pelosi Strategizing With White House Against Iran Bill | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The United States Senate has spent the better part of the past two years working to inject itself into nuclear negotiations between Iran...

Jessica Schulberg

Bob Corker Says Iran Bill Can Withstand Obama Veto | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said Monday he's confident his bill to restrict President Barack Obama'...

Michael McAuliff

Lawmakers Who Have Forgotten Iraq Insist They're Right About Iran | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) doesn’t have to think very hard to remember what happened after he visited Iraq in 2002, before Congres...

Poll: Americans Don't Want Congress To Crush Iran Deal

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Americans mostly approve of the outline of the Iran nuclear deal and don't want Congress to block it, according to a poll released Frida...

Four Israeli Experts Discuss Bibi, Iran And The Nuclear Negotiations

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 04.11.2015 | World

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has emerged as one of the fiercest critics of the international effort to reach an agreement with Iran over ...

Brzezinski: Iran Deal Shows Major Powers Can Cooperate To Avert 'Reckless Adventurism'

The WorldPost | Nathan Gardels | Posted 04.09.2015 | World

Zbigniew Brzezinski is one of America’s leading strategic thinkers. He was national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter at the time of the Ir...

When Debating Iran's Nuclear Program, Sort Fact from Fiction

Scott Ritter | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics
Scott Ritter

America's decade-long experience in the post-9/11 Middle East has conditioned the American public, and by extension the American body politic, to embrace hyperbole and sensationalism over fact and nuance. In doing so, decisions are being made which do not reflect reality, and as such not only fail to rectify the situation at hand, but more often than not, exacerbate it. America's experience with Iran stands as a clear case in point, where analysts have failed to accurately depict the true nature of Iran's military capability, among other issues, and policy makers have, as a result, failed to formulate policies which deal with the issues arising from decades of American-Iranian animosity fueled by post-9/11 emotions, which continue to run high to this day. Getting it wrong on Iran has become an American institution, one which may have far-reaching detrimental consequences.

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Hillary Clinton Takes A Slight Dip In Swing States | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics

Hillary Clinton loses a few percentage points in general election matchups in three swing states. Americans want a deal with Iran, but have doubts the...

My Response to Kirk's Comparison of the Obama Administration to Nazi Appeasement

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

It is truly appalling for Senator Mark Kirk to equate the Obama Administration's diplomacy with Nazi appeasement. As a Jewish-American, I am offended.

Janie Velencia

Americans Want A Deal With Iran But Don't Think They'll Like It | Janie Velencia | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics

Last week, President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. and Iran had reached a framework for a historic nuclear agreement. Standing in the White Hou...

Jessica Schulberg

No, North Korea Does Not Prove the Iran Deal Is Doomed | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Since the U.S. and five partner countries announced last week that they had reached the framework for a nuclear agreement with Iran, ske...

Hope but Verify: The Iran Nuclear Framework

Jim Wallis | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Should we give this hope for peace a chance? I believe Christians should answer yes. Here's why.

Why Netanyahu Is Wrong About Obama's Iran Deal

The Atlantic | Posted 04.07.2015 | World

More sanctions are unlikely to produce a better nuclear agreement....

Why Europe Backs Obama on Iran

Carl Bildt | Posted 04.07.2015 | World
Carl Bildt

PARMA, Italy -- Step by step, the European approach has been vindicated. Critical to that outcome, of course, was the U.S. intelligence community's reports that all the evidence pointed to Iran having long ago -- in 2003 -- abandoned concrete plans to develop a nuclear weapon.

Is the U.S. Shifting Partners in the Middle East From Saudi Arabia to Iran?

Joschka Fischer | Posted 04.07.2015 | World
Joschka Fischer

BERLIN -- The only realistic option to prevent a nuclear arms race in the region is international supervision -- as far-reaching and as comprehensive as possible. But this goal, even if achieved, would satisfy neither Israel nor Saudi Arabia, both of which fear that any agreement would support Iran in its effort to establish its regional dominance. So the end result could be a de facto change of regional strategic partners by the U.S. -- a development that in fact is already becoming apparent in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq.

Jason Linkins

Yet Another Hopeless Plea For Some Fresh Perspective On Sunday Morning | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics

As more and more Americans continue to follow my example and find something better to do on Sunday mornings than slog through the network television c...

Five Issues That Need to Be Resolved for the Iran Nuclear Deal to Succeed

Richard N. Haass | Posted 04.06.2015 | World
Richard N. Haass

NEW YORK -- The agreement constitutes an important political and diplomatic milestone, and it contains more detail and is broader in scope than many anticipated. But, for all that, the text leaves unanswered at least as many questions as it resolves. In reality, major issues have yet to be settled. It is closer to the truth to say the real debate about the Iran nuclear accord is just beginning.