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Tehran: Get With The Program

The New York Times | Posted 04.07.2015 | World

TEHRAN — Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Iranian hard-liners have been free to take to the streets and object to any form of compromise with t...

Obama's Nuclear Agreement with Iran Is a Good One, But Issues Remain

Ivan Eland | Posted 06.06.2015 | Politics
Ivan Eland

Obama is right that negotiation is the only game in town. Even the Israelis and hawkish Republicans have quit pushing non-viable military options as much, but offer no credible alternative to what Obama has been doing.

With New Letters, D.C. Showdown on Iran Roils On

Jon Rainwater | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
Jon Rainwater

Congress will, of course, have its say. The question is when. The White House has repeatedly agreed that Congress need only vote to permanently relieve U.S. sanctions if and when Iran has a proven track record of compliance.

U.S. and Iran Engage in Volleyball Diplomacy

Farshad Farahat | Posted 11.05.2014 | World
Farshad Farahat

Recently thousands of fans across Southern California were able to witness a rarity: the U.S. and Iranian national volleyball teams squaring off in friendly exhibition matches as part of a goodwill exchange between the two estranged nations.

Iran's FM Warns Obama: 'Flip-Flop' Threatens Trust

Agence France Presse | | Posted 12.01.2013 | World

The Iranian foreign minister warned Barack Obama Tuesday that "flip-flop" threatened efforts to build trust, after the US president told the Israeli p...

No, Iranians Don't Hate You

Roberto Toscano | Posted 05.28.2013 | World
Roberto Toscano

What is interesting, however, is that anti-American rhetoric is not focused on what America is, but on what America does. It is blatantly false that -- to quote George W. Bush on Islamic radicalism -- "they hate our freedom."

Senators Push Promise to Support Israeli Strikes on Iran

Jamal Abdi | Posted 05.01.2013 | World
Jamal Abdi

New legislation would effectively signal that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can decide not just whether to enter Israel into war with Iran, but whether the United States enters such a war.

Why Is Tehran Procrastinating?

Trita Parsi | Posted 03.26.2013 | World
Trita Parsi

Mindful of the short and closing window of opportunity for an intermediate agreement on the nuclear issue -- before the Iranian New Year in March and the Iranian elections in June -- time has not been used effectively since Obama's reelection in November. And Tehran is not helping.

A Tale of Two Drones: Valuing Robots Over Humans

Kate Gould | Posted 02.04.2013 | World
Kate Gould

Disregard for human life and the rule of law is exposed in stark relief when, in the very same week, news of a failed shot at a robotic device evokes national outrage, while the robotic maiming of a child and killing of three people is met with radio silence.

The 0% Doctrine

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.12.2012 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Whether he meant to or not, in his latest version of Iran war policy President Obama has built on the Bush precedent. His represents, however, an even more extreme version, which should perhaps be labeled the 0% Doctrine.

Obama's Split Views on Iran's Atom Bomb

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 05.08.2012 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

If Israel believes it can set back the Iranian program substantially and if it perceives Western efforts to pressure Iran are not progressing fast enough to stop the Iranian program, Israel would be acting first to defend itself. But it also would be serving the interests of the Middle East, the U.S. and the wider world.

Israel and Iran Need Diplomacy, Not Destruction

Qasim Rashid | Posted 05.08.2012 | World
Qasim Rashid

When our arrogance makes us ignorant to the horror that is war -- WWIII will have begun. Recall with humility, then, that WWI and WWII killed 20 million and 60 million respectively and wounded many millions more.

Casual Talk of War

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Republicans candidates see Iran as an issue that can be exploited, especially among their conservative base. But recent polls show a majority of Americans are not interested in another war.

David Wood

Top Army General Cautions Against War With Iran | David Wood | Posted 02.21.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- Anticipating continued trouble in the Middle East and a possible conflict with Iran, the Army got permission from the Obama administrat...

Are We on the Brink of War With Iran?

Trita Parsi | Posted 04.11.2012 | World
Trita Parsi

It is lack of political courage that has permitted this looming confrontation. Only courage and will can bring us out of it. The question is whether Obama can muster that will in an election year when any compromise is bound to be cast by Republicans as a betrayal of Israel.

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.

Another War That Nobody Wants

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 03.10.2012 | World
Leon T. Hadar

Reports that members of the European Union (EU) were planning to impose an embargo on Iranian oil as part of a U.S.-led strategy to force Teheran to end its alleged nuclear military programme should not have come as a major surprise.

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.

GOP 2012's New Foreign Policy Weapon

Salon | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics

Though their campaigns will center on the economy, there are four factors that will drive the GOP to make Iran one of its main foreign policy issues....

Gates on Iran: Who's Crying Now?

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Brenner

Robert Gate's leaked memo expressing distress at the lack of viable options for dealing with Iran's nuclear plans is the first official admission that the Obama administration's approach has come up short. That is no great revelation.

Iranian Protesters: "Obama, Are You With Us Or Against Us?" (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A video on Youtube appears to show protesters in Iran chanting, "Obama: Are you with us or against us?" Wednesday, the 30th anniversary of the U.S. ...

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: Obama May Be Smiling, But Holding A "Dagger" Behind His Back | Thomas Erdbrink and William Branigin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN -- Iran's supreme leader, spurning what he described as several personal overtures from President Obama, warned Tuesday that negotiating with t...

Iran's Ahmadinejad Mocks Obama, 'Meaningless' Deadlines

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The U.S. president had been a disappointment to the world, Ahmadinejad said in an interview with Britain's Channel 4 News, a full transcript of which ...

Time To Talk To Iran Is Now: Analysis

CFR | Greg Bruno | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By Greg Bruno Perhaps it was not surprising that after thirty years of diplomatic stalemate, expectations for a major breakthrough between Tehran and...

A Nuclear Deadline Looms For Iran -- And For Obama

TIME | Tony Karon Thursday, Sep. 03, 2009 | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

President Barack Obama took office promising to pursue a diplomatic solution to the standoff over Iran's nuclear program, but so far, he's gotten litt...