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What Happens Next If The Iran Nuclear Talks Fall Apart

Associated Press | Posted 06.29.2015 | World

CAIRO (AP) — The Iranian nuclear talks are playing out in classic fashion: A self-imposed deadline appears to have been extended due to stubborn dis...

Behind Khamenei's Recent Red Lines for a Nuclear Deal

Shahir ShahidSaless | Posted 06.27.2015 | World
Shahir ShahidSaless

A resolution to the nuclear crisis may lead to normalization of relations between Iran and the U.S. It is true that Iran seeks better relations with America to reduce threats to its survival, but the leadership harbors strong reservations about normal relations.

Jessica Schulberg

Samantha Power Promises Snap-back Sanctions On Iran Will Not Be Blocked By Russia Or China

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In an unusual break from the Obama administration’s de facto policy of not discussing details of the emerging nuclear agreement with I...

Why Is Iran's Military Doctrine Defensive?

Milad Jokar | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Milad Jokar

The political capital invested by the Obama administration and the Rouhani government gives us good reasons to be not only "cautiously optimistic" but "optimistic" regarding the Iranian nuclear crisis.

Reviving the Iran-North Korea Axis

John Feffer | Posted 06.08.2015 | World
John Feffer

Because much of the cooperation between Iran and North Korea is shrouded in mystery, their relationship is ripe for exploitation, particularly by those who are eager to find a hammer to destroy the impending nuclear agreement with Iran. But if this is the only implement that critics can find to inflict damage, they're scraping the bottom of their toolbox of destruction.

Jessica Schulberg

Senators Push Iran Sanctions Extension Ahead Of Nuclear Deal Deadline

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 06.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With less than a month before the deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran, Sens. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) filed an ame...

The Phony Criticism Over Iran Sanctions 'Snapback'

Ala Hashemi-Haeri | Posted 06.05.2015 | World
Ala Hashemi-Haeri

Rubin criticizes the not-yet-finalized agreement by questioning why Iran is allowed to participate in the dispute resolution panel at all. However, it would be unthinkable to judge any trial as fair if the accused is not allowed a voice to defend themselves.

Iran's Writing on the Wall: Ethnic Minorities and Others Assert Themselves

James Dorsey | Posted 06.04.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Recent months have witnessed a series of unrelated, nationwide protests in Iran by teachers demanding salary hikes as well as ethnic groups decrying government abuse and calling for greater rights.

The Proposed Iran Nuclear Weapons Law: Fair to Congress and the President

Alan B. Morrison | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Alan B. Morrison

Congress is right to insist upon a role in the process, but it would have been wrong to tie the President's hands as he attempts to negotiate with the Iranian government. On the other side, the President should recognize that his position will be strengthened.

Jessica Schulberg

Iran Nuclear Bill Faces Next Big Hurdle

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A delicately assembled bill to give Congress oversight of the Iran nuclear deal is set for renewed scrutiny as it heads to the Senate fl...

Leveraging Sanctions with Iran

Matthew RJ Brodsky | Posted 06.23.2015 | World
Matthew RJ Brodsky

Absent a credible military threat, there is no reason to believe that Iran will come clean regarding its nuclear program if Washington surrenders its remaining leverage. Nor is it reasonable to hang one's hat on the belief that Iran will moderate its behavior if both its diplomatic and financial isolation is ended.

Congress' Charade With the Iran Nuclear Agreement

Ivan Eland | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
Ivan Eland

Obama's acquiescence to Congress' charade of relevancy reminds me of the Roman Empire, where emperors continued to pay due respect to the Senate, long emasculated from its glory days during the Roman Republic, but where everyone knew who was really running things.

The Russians Are Not Coming II

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

At this point it is important to remember that the Russians have veto power at the United Nations and if they had chosen they could have vetoed all UN-imposed sanctions on Iran. They did not do that.

Putin Defends Move To Lift Ban On Missile Sales To Iran

AP | Posted 06.16.2015 | World

MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin sternly urged the West to respect Russia's interests in global affairs and defended his move to sanction the d...

Can Sanctions on Iran 'Snap Back'?

Matthew RJ Brodsky | Posted 06.14.2015 | World
Matthew RJ Brodsky

In selling the new framework agreement reached between Iran and the six world powers known as the P5+1, President Obama has assured an apprehensive American public that if Iran breaches the terms of a final deal, he will "snap back" the sanctions.

Jessica Schulberg

After Last-Minute Changes, Iran Bill Sweeps Key Vote With White House Support

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After several months of wrangling between the White House and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), a contro...

Russia Makes the First Move With Iran -- Early Bird Special

Elena Ulansky | Posted 06.14.2015 | World
Elena Ulansky

Russia announced that it is going to begin selling Iran its s-300 missile defense system. This ends the ban that was placed in 2010 as part of the sanctions the United Nations imposed on Iran. The s-300 is a ground to air system that can shoot down planes or missiles. This is no small matter.

Iran: Diplomacy or War?

Bob Burnett | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The Iran agreement may go ahead without their approval, but Republicans are playing a dangerous game: once again, they are favoring war over diplomacy.

How to Keep the Financial Pressure on Iran and Its Proxies

Jonathan Schanzer | Posted 06.13.2015 | World
Jonathan Schanzer

Between now and the June 30 deadline, the administration has an opportunity to mitigate the damage by enforcing existing executive orders and creating new ones. Some might argue that such a move would anger the Iranians and complicate the nuclear deal. But such a move is well within the administration's legal authorities

'Framework Iran' Sequel Leaves Audiences and Critics Confused

Matthew RJ Brodsky | Posted 06.13.2015 | World
Matthew RJ Brodsky

Even in the best case interpretation of the newly disagreed JCPOA, it is very likely that the deal will not meet the objective of preventing Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon -- and that's without picking apart all of the technical details of the parameters contained in the recent, questionable framework.

Russia Lifts Ban On Sending Missiles To Iran, Kremlin Says

Posted 04.14.2015 | World

By Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW, April 13 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday paved the way for long-overdue missile system deliver...

Obama Breakthroughs On Iran, Cuba Face Tough Sell

AP | By JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — After breakthroughs abroad, President Barack Obama is finding stern challenges at home to his foreign policy, facing hard sells to...

Memo to Jewish Americans: It's pro-Israel to Find Netanyahu Embarrassing

Carlo Strenger | Posted 06.10.2015 | World
Carlo Strenger

Israel has existed before Netanyahu and it will exist after him. He does not represent the best, most humane, moral and creative aspects of Israel.

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

Scott Ritter | Posted 06.09.2015 | 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.

Iranian Leader: Sanctions Must Be Lifted Right After Nuclear Deal

Reuters | By NASSER KARIMI and ADAM SCHRECK | Posted 06.08.2015 | World

By Parisa Hafezi ANKARA, April 9 (Reuters) - Iran will only sign a final nuclear accord with six world powers if all sanctions imposed over its dis...