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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...

Jessica Schulberg

Barbara Boxer Tells Bob Corker It's 'Reckless' And 'Irresponsible' To Vote Now On Iran Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) on Wednesday evening asked Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) to postpone markup of hi...

President Explains The 'Obama Doctrine,' Defends Iran Deal

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama opened up about his so-called "Obama doctrine," the overarching principle that guides his foreign policy in places like the Mid...

Former Iranian President Bani-Sadr: This Is 'A One-Sided Agreement' Against Iran

The WorldPost | Nathan Gardels | Posted 04.03.2015 | World

Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, the first president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, came to power in 1980 following the revolution led by Ayatollah Khomeini. H...

Laura Barron-Lopez

GOP Steadfast On Passing Iran Bill Despite Obama's Plea To Stand Down

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Appearing in the Rose Garden on Thursday to announce the framework of a historic deal on Iran's nuclear program, President Barack Obama ...

Jessica Schulberg

All Eyes On Ben Cardin's Iran Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the recently indicted Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) stepping down as ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Be...

Iran: Deal or No Deal?

John Feffer | Posted 06.02.2015 | World
John Feffer

The full-page ad in this week's Washington Post portraying President Obama as history's favorite whipping boy, Neville Chamberlain, was wrong in nearly every one of its many strident particulars.

Jessica Schulberg

Limited Progress On Iran Talks Unlikely To Impress Even Senate Democrats

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In an anti-climactic response to a March 31 deadline for reaching a political framework on the Iran nuclear deal, negotiators from Iran,...

Iran Nuclear Talks Extends To Wednesday

Reuters | Posted 04.01.2015 | World

By Louis Charbonneau, John Irish and Parisa Hafezi LAUSANNE, Switzerland, April 1 (Reuters) - Six world powers and Iran missed a Tuesday deadline t...

Jessica Schulberg

Iran Nuclear Talks Go To The Wire With 50-50 Chance of Success

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Iranian and American negotiators give themselves a 50-50 chance of reaching a nuclear agreement before Tuesday's deadline, with several ...

Will Negotiations With Iran Fail?

Paul Heroux | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics
Paul Heroux

The Obama administration believes that failure will leave the world less safe. Furthermore, failure at the current negotiations would not open the way for ten years of trust. The lack of trust is one of the biggest impediments to sustained diplomatic relations.