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Obama Iran Engagement

Please Mr. President, Please, Save Us

P.J. Dermer | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
P.J. Dermer

As the Israel vs. Iran rhetoric heats up again, a couple of recent posts caught our eyes.

"No Contact" Is the Keystone XL of Iran Policy

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.03.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

How could we get a clean shot at what the administration is not doing to move the ball forward on Iran diplomacy? We can demand the reversal of the "no contact" policy for U.S. diplomats.

Why the 'Dual Track' Strategy Derailed

Loren White | Posted 05.23.2012 | World
Loren White

How is it that the same candidate who advocated so strongly for using diplomacy with Iran ended up being the president that has implemented the most "crippling" sanctions to date -- and who made only one inchoate effort at negotiations?

Are We on the Brink of War With Iran?

Trita Parsi | Posted 04.11.2012 | World
Trita Parsi

It is lack of political courage that has permitted this looming confrontation. Only courage and will can bring us out of it. The question is whether Obama can muster that will in an election year when any compromise is bound to be cast by Republicans as a betrayal of Israel.

Will Obama's 'Signal' Reach Iran?

Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett

That the president feels he must call in Western journalists to signal Tehran is a sad commentary on the administration's failure to develop a discreet and reliable channel to communicate with Iranian leaders.

Is Iran the New Four-Letter Word?

Nazee Moinian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nazee Moinian

I came back from the Hertzliya Conferences, Israel's political follow up to Davos, with the eerie sense that a new four-letter word has emerged in the international arena: Iran.

Obama Will Not Strike Iran

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

An energetic, high-publicity campaign to safeguard America from the terrifying, hydra-headed al-Qaeda can distract the public from the war cries of the Iran air strike hawks.

Obama Administration Forms Iran Policy To 'Inject A Degree Of Rationality Into The Relationship'

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The silent protest began in Imam Khomeini Square in front of the forbidding Ministry of Telecommunications, which was busy cutting off cellphones but ...

Obama-Clinton: Significant Change in Foreign Policy

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lanny Davis

This "team of rivals" has exceeded most people's expectations in the first five months and set a fundamentally new course in U.S. foreign policy.

Khamenei's Obsession with the Mahdi

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

As an Iranian Twelver, I have no doubt that if the Mahdi is among us, he would agree that the so-called Islamic republic has indeed constituted a great disservice to Islam.

Does "Changed" Iran Complicate U.S. Engagement?

Ali Gharib | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ali Gharib

Even as the White House says it will let the "dust" settle in Iran first, its steadfastness belies a certitude that the changing face of Iran will be ready for U.S. engagement any time soon.

Shirin Ebadi for President

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

It took Ayatullah Khomeini to lead us away from imperialist rule and toward bona fide independence, and it will take an equally charismatic and rousing figure to lead us toward secular democracy.

The New Iranian Political Party

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

As members of Iran's baby-boomer generation such as myself start entering our 30s, we are sending a message to our leaders: we've grown up, we're sick of your empty promises, and we've learned how to mobilize in true Iranian style.

Obama's Bold Iran Move

Jacob Heilbrunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jacob Heilbrunn

The Obama administration's announcement that it will directly participate in meetings with Iran is an overdue move. It isn't America that's put on the spot by Obama's policy shift. It's Iran.

Iran Is Making Fools of Everyone

Mort Zuckerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mort Zuckerman

Who would have imagined that President Obama may well determine his historical legacy and reputation on the basis of the way he deals with Iran?

Ali Larijani, Iranian Parliament Speaker, Slams Obama's Nowruz Greeting

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Ali Larijani, the speaker of Iran's Parliament, on Wednesday criticized the United States in harsher terms than any other leading Iranian figure has d...

Iranian Snub? Not Quite

Nathan Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nathan Gonzalez

There is a very important reason for Iran's reluctance to change its tone overnight. It is due to a political trend I call the "cult of anti-Americanism."

Obama Offers Iran Bigger Carrots, but the Sticks Remain Puny

Christopher Holton | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Holton

If truly comprehensive and tough economic sanctions were imposed on Iran now -- for the very first time -- its leaders might very well be forced to negotiate with the West.

Realism and Leverage for Engaging Iran

Edgar M. Bronfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Edgar M. Bronfman

Engagement through new diplomatic avenues, like Obama's video to Iran, is worthwhile, but we must not lose sight of the challenge Iran still poses.

Will Tehran Tango? Obama's Historic Norooz Greeting

Trita Parsi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Trita Parsi

Yesterday, Obama put forward a vision for a new era of US-Iran ties. In almost every aspect, Obama's approach was the opposite of that of President George Bush.

Sam Stein

Obama Sends Iran Direct Message On Nowruz: It's Time For A New Beginning | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a major turning point in the United State's approach to Iran, President Barack Obama released a taped message to the Iranian people late Thursday e...