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Iran, the West, and the Lessons of the Great War

Rajan Menon | Posted 03.28.2012 | World
Rajan Menon

History reveals several pathways to war; but, as the tension between the West and Iran revs up, two seem particularly relevant because of the lessons they offer for those seeking to contain the crisis.

Why 'Never Again' Is a Litmus Test for Iran

Laura Kam | Posted 03.28.2012 | World
Laura Kam

Accepting the dire lessons of the Holocaust has rightly become a litmus test of human decency. A country such as Iran which refuses to even recognize that there are any lessons to be learnt must never be permitted nuclear weapons.

After Iraq Success, Neocons Push Iran War

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 03.27.2012 | World
MJ Rosenberg

It makes no sense. And yet, due to the pressure of the pro-war lobby, it is diplomacy that is barely on the table, while war, always the direst option, is front and center.

If You Want A Stable Afghanistan - Don't Attack Iran!

Wolfgang Danspeckgruber | Posted 03.27.2012 | World
Wolfgang Danspeckgruber

There is a critical matter that sheds light on the potentially disastrous and costly ramifications of a military operation against Iran: the damages to peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Iran: The Road to War?

Michael Brenner | Posted 03.27.2012 | World
Michael Brenner

The drums are sounding for war on Iran. The leading Republican presidential candidates pledge military action as soon as they cross the threshold of the White House. The Obama administration sharpens its rhetoric in accompaniment to imposing coercive sanctions. It strong arms its allies to stand with it in confrontation. Israel uses all of its formidable levers of influence to push the United States into war mode. All shades of the media work overtime to stoke fears in a manner reminiscent of the build-up to the Iraq invasion. Amidst all this noise and fury the one thing missing is a sober assessment of the problem and what are suitable approaches to addressing it. This unfortunately has become habitual in American foreign policy.

O. I. L.: The Case for a War Against Iran

Sadia Ahsanuddin | Posted 03.25.2012 | World
Sadia Ahsanuddin

The rhetoric and arguments used by war hawks today are similar to arguments preceding the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Can Sanctions Bring Iran to the Table?

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 03.25.2012 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

The sanctions take place in a climate of increasing tension and concern over U.S. military action, an option the Obama administration said remains on the table. The administration hopes the sanctions will cause enough economic pain to force Tehran to engage in diplomacy.

Lobby Has Obama's Back to Wall on Iran

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 03.20.2012 | World
MJ Rosenberg

The nuclear-free option is worth pursuing, as is every possible alternative to war. President Obama should start the process by reaching out to Iran quietly, with the single goal of avoiding war, reducing tensions, and ending the threats and counter-threats.

Looking at Israel's Nuclear History as US Sabers Rattle

Renee Parsons | Posted 03.19.2012 | World
Renee Parsons

It is curious that the most powerful man in the world representing the most powerful military in the world who accepted the Nobel Peace Prize defending "just" wars has "no say" over $4 billion annual military aid to Israel.

A Short Washington History of Iranian Blowback

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.19.2012 | World
Tom Engelhardt

In more than 50 years, America's leaders have never made a move in Iran (or near it) that didn't lead to unexpected and unpleasant blowback. Now, another administration in Washington is preparing yet another set of clever maneuvers.

Not Another War, Please!

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 03.18.2012 | World
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

Though the Iran hostage crisis of 1979-1980 ended unsatisfactorily from the point of view of U.S. honor, a great power needs to get beyond residual rancors.

GOP Foreign Policy -- When the Earth Was Flat

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 03.17.2012 | Politics
Evelyn Leopold

The GOP appear to be rushing headlong into the 1950s with a Cold War foreign policy and a notion of science that embraces any fossil fuel on the horizon.

Closure of Hormuz Strait: An Actual Threat or Diplomacy?

Sara Vakhshouri | Posted 03.17.2012 | World
Sara Vakhshouri

Since there is no ongoing dialogue between the US and Iran, the threat to close the Straight of Hormuz should be seen as an act of subtle diplomacy in the absence of ambassadors and embassies.

The Short Life Expectancy of Iranian Nuclear Scientists: Assassinations with a Message

Haggai Carmon | Posted 03.16.2012 | World
Haggai Carmon

Does the killing of nuclear scientists stop or delay the Iranian nuclear weapons plan? Hardly.

British Foreign Secretary: EU To Agree On Tough Sanctions On Iran

AP | By DAVID STRINGER | Posted 01.15.2012 | World

LONDON -- Britain's foreign secretary said Sunday that European nations will intensify pressure on Iran over its nuclear program, but insisted the Wes...

Is Israel Suicidal?

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 03.14.2012 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Despite all its faults, it is hard to imagine a Jew from previous eras who would not be struck with pride and wonder by the accomplishment of the state of Israel. But now, its current leadership is jeopardizing the whole enterprise.

Joshua Hersh

After Iranian Nuclear Scientist's Death, Israel Is Silent -- With A Hint Of Satisfaction | Joshua Hersh | Posted 01.12.2012 | World

TEL AVIV, Israel -- The death of yet another scientist working on Iran's burgeoning nuclear program Wednesday has started to make such killings look l...

The Iran Deterrence Debate

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 03.13.2012 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

For now, the Obama administration is rallying its international partners to impose tougher sanctions that target Iran's economy. Some analysts say a diplomatic solution is the only answer.

Assassination in Tehran: An Act Of War?

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 03.12.2012 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Actions like these against civilians in one country endanger civilians in others. Imagine how the United States or Israel would react if Iran or even Canada started bumping off nuclear scientists (or anyone else) in Washington.

'I Certainly Do Not See Iran as a Threat'

David Harris | Posted 03.09.2012 | World
David Harris

Iran has doubtless learned something from two countries in particular. The first is North Korea. The second is Libya.

Miscommunications With Iran

George Kenney | Posted 03.05.2012 | World
George Kenney

The Iranians clearly have no idea of the danger they have provoked. The situation thus resembles a classic case of two states slipping accidentally into a war neither wants.

David Wood

Perfect Storm Of Threatened Crisis Roils Middle East | David Wood | Posted 01.04.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- Storm clouds darkening over the Middle East suggest a growing peril for the United States and the possibility of a new war that could em...

Iran Says It Produced First Nuclear Fuel Rod

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 03.02.2012 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian scientists have produced the nation's first nuclear fuel rod, a feat of engineering the West has doubted Tehran capable o...

Iran Proposes New Nuclear Talks With World Powers

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 03.01.2012 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran said Saturday it has proposed a new round of talks on its nuclear program with six world powers that have been trying for ye...

The Standoff With Iran: Challenges And Options

Paul Heroux | Posted 02.29.2012 | World
Paul Heroux

War is said to be the result of political failure. The tense standoff with Iran is heating up again since Iran has threatened to shut down the 34-m...