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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.

An #IranDeal Tied to Humanitarian Measures

Maryam Zar | Posted 07.31.2015 | World
Maryam Zar

On this international day of friendship, I am prompted to think of the #IranDeal that is so fresh on the minds of many in the work of international friend making. This is no pact between friends, but it does present an opportunity for some straight talk between frenemies.

Why I Support the July 14 Nuclear Agreement With Iran

Joel Judd | Posted 07.30.2015 | Denver
Joel Judd

This is the standard I use to measure the Agreement: Does it better protect the United States and Israel than any available alternative?

The Iran Nuclear Deal Would Be Catastrophic

Chrysovalantis P. Kefalas | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Chrysovalantis P. Kefalas

If this agreement is approved, we effectively lose any hope of stopping Iran's nuclear weapons program through diplomacy. A nuclear arms race will ensue in the Middle East. More monies will flow to provide funds, arms and training to terror groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah.

Treasury: No, Iran Is Not Getting $150 Billion From The Nuclear Deal

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics

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Why Holocaust Analogies Aren't Helping Republicans Win Jewish Votes

John A. Tures | Posted 07.28.2015 | Entertainment
John A. Tures

Republicans have done everything they can to win the Jewish vote, never missing an opportunity to link Democrats and any foreign policy opponent to the Nazis and the Holocaust. They just don't get how offensive such remarks are to Jewish voters, continuing to drive them toward Democrats.

Negotiations Between Iran and the U.S. Have Now Begun

David Nordfors | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
David Nordfors

In the Middle East, when it comes to people who don't get along, the real negotiations start after the deal is struck, because then there is a relation to manage. Until then, negotiations are about if there will be a relation or not.

All Barack Obama Did Was Follow Mike Huckabee's Advice On Iran

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Picture this: In the early winter of 2008, a presidential candidate decides to upend conventional foreign policy wisdom by arguing that...

Netanyahu's All or Nothing Game With Iran

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 07.24.2015 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

The Iran nuclear agreement is a very bad deal, and the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee starting yesterday just highlighted it in a big way. It is painfully clear now why so much of it is kept secret. Those who keep secrecy are those who have something to hide.

Iran's Nuclear Accord: An Opportunity, Too Much Noise, or a Strategic Mistake?

David Oualaalou | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

How significant might President Obama's deal be? Let's use American presidential history to frame the question.