It appears that the key hurdle to a diplomatic breakthrough is a surmountable one: defining the size and scale of Iran's enrichment program throughout the course of an agreement.
We must resist the temptation to conflate technical and legalistic questions with the political and strategic questions that are the true stakes in this decade-long crisis. Succumbing to a very similar temptation about Iraq's WMD programs helped draw us into war there.
These days, a soccer World Cup is a multi-billion dollar project, with a number of financial "winners," such as FIFA, and many losers, given the development priorities that are sacrificed to build gleaming stadia. Does this also mean that one can explain a nation's success at the cup largely by money?
Preaching democratic values while engaging in supporting undemocratic and repressive regimes has never enhanced American credibility, and it has rarely been a successful security tactic in the long term.
The repetition of Washington's call to arms manifests as a form of black comedy: it is funny until you realize its horror.
A diplomatic resolution will not only bring stability and security for us and our allies, but it could prove the beginning of broader efforts to curtail Iran's more destructive activities in the region.
Diplomacy in war and peace negotiations requires strategy and patience, not an illusory quick fix. Diplomacy is messy, often involving difficult compromises with unseemly governments. But it is also how the vast majority of international crises are actually resolved -- through negotiation rather than through the barrel of a gun. Those are worthy lessons to remember after the Iraq and Afghan wars.
"After I entered the profession I realized that being a journalist and a critic of the political authority in Iran meant that your publication could be shut down and you could end up in prison. However, I had fallen in love with journalism."
Former Vice President Dick Cheney is trying hard to salvage his legacy, so he is resorting to spin, distortion and lies. But why is the media paying attention to him?
As an Iraq war veteran who served two tours, at the beginning and end, I can tell you that I understand the alternatives. They scare the living hell out of me.
I had the opportunity ask former Iran hostage Josh Fattal a few questions about his imprisonment, his release, and how it has contributed to the ongoing Iranian nuclear talks. As we near the July 20 deadline for a final deal, let us hope that Josh's vision for a more secure and peaceful Middle East is realized.
As states, Saudi Arabia and Israel share few, if any common values, despite some cultural values that are common to Wahhabism, the austere form of Islam adopted by the kingdom, and ultra-orthodox Jews. But they increasingly have common interests.
It is time to end 35 years of wasteful cold war and mutual satanization with Iran. Both nations must instead focus their full diplomatic powers on stabilizing the deteriorating security conditions in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and beyond.
By Steven W. Hawkins, Executive Director, Amnesty International USA and Gregory Nava, Writer-Director, Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts an...
A free and independent Kurdistan is almost within reach of its inhabitants, a silver lining that could emerge from the ISIS's horrific march through much of Iraq.
The current phase is not convenient for the Islamic Republic of Iran: nuclear negotiations with the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) have stalled and the desired agreement may not be reached by the deadline set on July 20.