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Iran Sanctions

The Story of the Iran Deal and the "Scraps of Paper" That Are Gone!

Kourosh Ziabari | Posted 10.07.2015 | World
Kourosh Ziabari

I'm confident Mr. Ahmadinejad knew that the sanctions were wrecking Iran's economy and the burden was simply borne by the average citizens; however, he didn't want to lose the battle of reputation he had started.

President Rouhani Declares 'New Chapter' In Iran's Relations With World

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 09.28.2015 | World

UNITED NATIONS -- In his first major public address since the nuclear accord was finalized, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani conveyed an optimistic, ...

Carly Fiorina's Defense Of Hewlett Packard's Iran Dealings Has Some Big Holes

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina's explanation for a controversial business practice undertaken by Hewlett Packard ...

Can GOP Governors Actually Sanction Iran?

John A. Tures | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

More than a dozen GOP governors wrote a letter to President Barack Obama, vowing to keep state-level sanctions on Iran despite the nuclear deal. But can a state really circumvent the U.S. President's policy on sanctions? A U.S. Supreme Court case from several years ago could block that plan.

The Cuban Missile Crisis Explains Why Iran Won't Go to War With Israel

Harvey Simon | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics
Harvey Simon

Before advocating war with Iran to keep it from getting nuclear weapons, proliferation opponents have a responsibility to explain why these risks cannot be mitigated and defend their assumption that deterrence does not apply in the Middle East.

The Iran Deal: Less Than Ideal?

Rick Horowitz | Posted 09.05.2015 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

You can't always get what you want. (That's why it's called "negotiation"...)

Democratic State Lawmakers in California Should Not Try and Derail the Iran Deal

Marc Boyd | Posted 09.03.2015 | Politics
Marc Boyd

It is not helpful to our foreign policy for two lone California lawmakers to issue an unrealistic statement in the final weeks of a high-stakes debate urging Congress to reject an international agreement.

Ok, So The Iran Deal Will Survive. Now What?

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 09.03.2015 | Politics

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After Assessing the Alternatives, Americans Reluctantly Embrace the Iran Deal

Steven Kull | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics
Steven Kull

Americans don't love the Iran deal. There is a lot they wish were different. But when they look at it closely, review hard-hitting critiques, and--perhaps most importantly--evaluate the alternatives, a clear majority recommends that their Members of Congress approve of the deal. Republicans do not concur, though they don't settle on an alternative.

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.

In a Post-Deal Iran: What Now?

John Mirisch | Posted 08.25.2015 | Politics
John Mirisch

The Iran deal will stand, at least until the next presidential election. Despite disapproval by a non-partisan majority of both houses of Congress, not to mention the American people, because of the incredibly low threshold to sustain a veto, not to mention White House arm-twisting and purely partisan support, the deal will stand.

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.

Iran Deal Backers Turn To Former Israel Security Agent To Help Convince Dems

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of Israel's top former intelligence officials has been quietly encouraging U.S. lawmakers to back the nuclear deal negotiated betwee...

Bob Menendez Says He'll Vote Down Iran Deal

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 08.18.2015 | Politics

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The Dark Side of Russian Sanctions: Lessons to Learn

Elena Ulansky | Posted 08.17.2015 | World
Elena Ulansky

While the impact of western sanctions on Russia has been well documented, little mention has been made of the effects of the Russian embargo on western agricultural products.

Why the European Union is a Big Winner from the Iran Deal

Samuel Ramani | Posted 08.13.2015 | World
Samuel Ramani

As the nuclear talks progressed, the European Union moved beyond mediation to demonstrate to the world that it can be an assertive actor capable of formulating its own policies.

Switzerland To Lift Sanctions Against Iran

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.12.2015 | World

ZURICH, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Neutral Switzerland will officially lift on Thursday sanctions against Iran that had been suspended since January 2014, th...

Schumer's Dear John to Obama on Iran Deal; Confessions of a Conflicted Lover

Marcy Winograd | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
Marcy Winograd

Yes, breaking up is hard to do, especially when your other lover is the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. New York Senator Chuck Schumer's statement opposing the Iran deal reads like a wishy-washy-wish-I-didn't-have-to-write-this Dear John letter to President Obama.

Will the Other P5+1 Nations Join in Increased Sanctions If Congress Votes the Iranian Deal Down? Why Not Just Ask?

Robert K. Lifton | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Robert K. Lifton

The American people deserve to know in advance, what they can expect from a negative vote on the deal in Congress and, in turn, let their elected representatives know what they, the American people want. Are they willing to undertake a military undertaking if that is the only option?

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.

Is Iran's Nuclear Program Really Getting a 24-Day Pass?

Paul Heroux | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Paul Heroux

This 24 days issue has been a talking point of many opponents of the JCPOA. However, I believe that it is because either the opponents have this idea have not read and understand the 24 day issue, and or they are letting politics get in the way of accepting this necessary and fair provision.

McConnell Scolds Obama To Tone Down Iran Rhetoric

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics

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A Definitive Guide To The Iranian Nuclear Deal

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 08.05.2015 | World

Executive Summary   The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is intended to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. If fully i...

Torah, World Politics and Iran

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 08.03.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

How does our Jewish community make a decision on an issue that is crucial to our own future and the fate of the world around us -- like the decision that faces us now about making sure that Iran adheres to its own claim that it does not intend to produce nuclear weapons?

An Open Letter to Congresswoman Yvette Clarke

Rabbi Yaacov Behrman | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics
Rabbi Yaacov Behrman

It is my opinion that it will takes years to reimpose any sanctions that are lifted and that the snapback option won't work. But it is undisputed that this deal will allow billions of dollars to flow toward Iran's terror activities against the United States and Israel.