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Obama Iran Talks

Iran Won the Vienna Accords by Agreeing to Stop What It Never Was Doing

William O. Beeman | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
William O. Beeman

Iran has won the diplomatic struggle over its nuclear program in Vienna. Its success was not due to United States negotiators' fecklessness as Republican critics and Prime Minister Netanyahu have been quick to assert.

Sam Stein

Obama Wants An Iran Deal. He Also Doesn't Want To Be Blamed For Failure To Get One. | Sam Stein | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As international talks with Iran over its nuclear program enter the eleventh -- and twelfth and thirteenth -- hour, the Obama administra...

The Iran Talks Game Changer: An Israeli-Hezbollah War?

Trita Parsi | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Trita Parsi

Arguments against the pending nuclear deal with Iran -- from claiming that the deal is a capitulation to Iran to the notion that it is unacceptable to make a deal with a regime like that in Tehran -- have not sufficiently resonated with the public to kill the agreement. This has caused some disarray in the opposition camp. Indeed, if you are in that camp right now, it is reasonable to expect that the search is not for a new argument but for a game changing development: an event so powerful it shifts the momentum in Congress back to AIPAC, Netanyahu, Saudi Arabia and the other opponents of a nuclear deal. Arguably, a military confrontation between Israel and Hezbollah this summer could fit that bill.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Saudi King Salman May Visit Washington After All | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, whose absence at the Obama administration's just-concluded summit with Sunni Arab leaders pro...

Was Dad a Spy?

Cyrus M. Copeland | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics
Cyrus M. Copeland

Thirty-five years ago, the revolutionary government of Iran imprisoned my father and accused him of being a CIA agent. It was 1979. The revolution was in its infancy, and Islamic fundamentalism was about to foist itself on an unready world.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Netanyahu: Everything's Fine! | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made his most detailed comments yet here on Monday about his spat with the Obama administratio...

Obama Administration Expects Negotiations On Iran Nuclear Deal To Resume Next Month

AP | BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration expects negotiations on a final nuclear agreement between world powers and Iran to begin by mid-February....

Obama To Brief Senators On Iran

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is preparing to meet with key senators on Iran as the White House pushes Congress to hold off on new sancti...

Potential Obama Breakthrough Faces Hurdles

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's hopes for a nuclear deal with Iran now depend in part on his ability to keep a lid on both hard-liners on...

An Obama-Rouhani Communique: The World's Best Chance at Peace

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 09.23.2013 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

Favoring the pressure track of sanctions over a military intervention, it is not yet clear whether Obama is contemplating a grand bargain with Tehran, but the glimmer of an opportunity seems there. What is certain is that Rouhani represents Washington's best chance for peace.

Obama Victory Opens Iran Negotiation Window

Reuters | Posted 01.07.2013 | World

By Marcus George DUBAI, Nov 7 (Reuters) - The re-election of U.S. President Barack Obama could create an opportunity f...

Iran Again: Obama's Strategy May Pay Off

John Tirman | Posted 01.05.2013 | World
John Tirman

The Iran issue is central to the right-wing mantra on Obama's foreign policy as consistently showing "weakness." But a diplomatic solution is a must -- and it would be fitting for Obama to cash in his chips after Tuesday and secure a nuclear deal.

What Will Obama Do if Iran Says Yes But the Lobby & Congress Say NO?

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 04.13.2012 | World
MJ Rosenberg

What is President Obama going to do if he and the allies reach an agreement with Iran? It's easy to know what he will do if it turns out that the Islamic Republic has no interest in a deal.

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?

Obama Reportedly Sends Secret Letter To Iran, Proposes Talks

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 03.19.2012 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — An Iranian lawmaker claimed Wednesday that President Barack Obama called for direct talks with Iran in a secret letter to the Isl...

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...

Obama On Iran: US Looking To "Directly Engage" With Iran, But Must Overcome Mistrust

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Monday his administration is looking for opportunities to engage longtime adversary Iran in the coming ...

Obama Has Begun Discreet, High-Level Talks With Iran, Syria

AFP | Sylvie Lanteaumie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

US President Barack Obama has already used experts within the last few months to hold high-level but discreet talks with both Iran and Syria, organize...

Clinton: Iran Must Choose Whether To Cooperate With West

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's intent to change the direction of U.S. foreign policy gives Iran a "clear opportunity" to engage more prod...

North Korea, Iran Open To Obama Efforts To Defuse Tension

AP | JAE-SOON CHANG | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea and Iran, two nations with nuclear aspirations the U.S. wants to thwart, both signaled Wednesday that they were...