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Jessica Schulberg

Kerry Questions Netanyahu's Foreign Policy Cred, Mocks Him For Iraq War Support

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John Kerry stepped into contentious territory on Wednesday when he made a critical remark about Israeli Prime Ministe...

36th Anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution Victory

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

Although not many experts, politicians and scholars held the belief that the Islamic revolution, its political system and the cleric rule would last long, the new system of governance which created upheaval in the socio-political system of Iran has survived for 36 years.

Netanyahu Betrays What's Best for Israel

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.29.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Netanyahu must understand that the eventual normalization of relations between the U.S. and Iran is the best way by which to eliminate the Iranian threat. Therefore, if there is any chance, however small, that such an agreement will stand the test of time, it must be explored. The alternative is leaving Iran free to redouble its effort to reach the nuclear threshold.

Iran's Geopoliticial, Strategic and Ideological Role in Iraq

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.15.2015 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

Iran can replace American efforts in the region with informed and constructive policies that define Tehran as a benevolent regional power. The Islamic Republic can also take the path of investing in some religious and political groups while excluding others.

Rouhani Takes Hardliners Head-On to Bring Iran Out from the Cold

Holly Dagres | Posted 01.13.2015 | World
Holly Dagres

Since the 2013 Joint Plan of Action, the Rouhani administration is in a tug-of-war with hardliners from various echelons of the Iranian government over the country's controversial nuclear program. But now President Hassan Rouhani has done the unthinkable.

Iran 2015: Strategic, Geopolitical and Economic Priorities

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.06.2015 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

2015 will bring about crucial and positive developments as well as challenges for the Iranian government. One of the tenets of the Iranian political system is unpredictability, nevertheless, projections can still be made.

2014: P5+1 and Iran's Nuclear Negotiations

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

Despite some of the diplomatic headways that President Rouhani and his negotiating team made and despite some of the limited sanction reliefs that Iran has received, the gaps between the six world powers and Iran remain to be deep to bridge.

Nuclear Extension: US and Iran's Domestic Politics

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

The seven months extension of the nuclear negotiations between the six world power and Iran will likely lead to a more complicated process as well as negative consequences when it comes to domestic politics and reaching a final nuclear deal.

The Nuclear Game: Win-Win Extension for US and Iran

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.31.2015 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

Unlike the interim nuclear deal, the extension appears to lack any clear key terms upon which prospective nuclear talks would be anchored in, or a final nuclear would be reached. By extending the nuclear negotiations, the Obama administration can save face, add to its questionable Middle East achievements.

The Arab and Iranian Disconnect

James Zogby | Posted 01.29.2015 | World
James Zogby

Arabs should be reassured that their concerns are understood by the West. At the same time, the Iranian public needs to see the linkage between their economic woes and their government's nuclear ambitions and foreign policy.

Time Is Running Out for Iran

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.25.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Just as has been the case every time nuclear negotiations between Iran and the West break down without agreement on fundamental issues, Supreme Iranian leader Khameini resumes lambasting the U.S. and Israel, and conservatives in the Iranian government rejoice.

Iran: Syria and Iraq the Red Lines

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.16.2015 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

Currently, the US and Western allies' major campaign in the Middle East is fighting the Islamic State while ignoring to address Iran's military engagements in other countries, ignoring Tehran's determination for regional supremacy seriously.

An Offer Iran Can't Refuse: P5+1+Iran Fuel Fabrication Joint Venture on the Iranian Territory

Najmedin Meshkati | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Najmedin Meshkati

Tight integration, inter-dependency and correlation among technologies of different countries provide much more oversight, control, and assurance than does a policy of restrictions and economic or technological embargo.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Iran Supreme Leader Sending Top Aide To Nuclear Talks: Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The prospects of striking a deal with Iran over its nuclear program appeared to brighten Saturday, with reports that Iran's Supreme Lead...

If Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei Dies, What Next?

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 12.28.2014 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

There have been rumors about Khamenei's health conditions for several years. Nevertheless, in the last few weeks, more and more images of Iran's Supreme Leader are emerging, reflecting his fragile and weak physical condition.

Friends of the Devil: U.S.-Iran Ties Beyond a Nuclear Deal

Jerrold D. Green | Posted 12.21.2014 | World
Jerrold D. Green

People of good will hope that the ongoing P5+1 negotiations will culminate in a deal by November 24, but whether the final deal happens next month or not, it will be important to continue to avoid conflict in favor of dialogue and even collaboration when possible.

Senate Bill Would Cut Off Iran Nuclear Inspections

Ryan Costello | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Ryan Costello

For congressional hawks claiming to take a tough line against Iran's nuclear program, cutting off funding for enhanced International Atomic Energy Agency inspections over that program seems like an odd approach. Yet a new bill introduced by the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee would threaten to do just that.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: A Supreme Autocrat Not a Shia Messiah

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

A recent tactical shift in Ayatollah Khamenei's policies indicate that he has increasingly become less powerful or "Supreme" as the mainstream media reveals or as his title indicates.

If Iran Negotiations Need to Continue, Let Them

Ryan Costello | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Ryan Costello

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.

ISIS: The Spoils of the 'Great Loot' in the Middle East

Conn Hallinan | Posted 09.01.2014 | World
Conn Hallinan

As Iraq tumbles into a yet another civil war, it is important to remember how all this came about, and why adding yet more warfare to the current crisis will perpetuate exactly what the "Great Loot" set out to do: tear an entire region of the world asunder.

Iran Nuclear Gridlock Is Political, Not Technical

Ryan Costello | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Ryan Costello

The Iran nuclear talks present a rare opportunity for a major American diplomatic victory. If negotiators from the P5+1 and Iran bridge the remaining political gaps, they will resolve a major national security threat -- a potential Iranian nuclear weapon -- without a shot being fired.

For Iran's Supreme Leader, No Nuclear Deal Is Better Than a Good Nuclear Deal

Daniel Nisman | Posted 08.12.2014 | World
Daniel Nisman

As they head home from a rare round of bi-lateral talks with Iran in Geneva, it would serve American negotiators well to understand that the muscle behind the Iranian regime simply can't afford to let Rouhani resolve this crisis.

The Supreme Leader, Khamenei's Euphoria About Drones

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 07.23.2014 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

Iran's claim to have replicated the U.S. drone comes at a time when drone policy and the usage of drones by the Obama administration have become a crucially debated topic in Washington.

How Congressional Inaction Could Kill a Peaceful Iran Deal

Jamal Abdi | Posted 06.25.2014 | World
Jamal Abdi

Unless Congress gives the president the authority to lift sanctions, the president will be limited to extending temporary waivers for the sanctions for successive four-to-six month periods ad infinitum.

Syria: High-Priced Economic Card for Iran?

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

Although the Syrian government and leaders of Hezbollah are offering differing signals from the Islamic Republic, Iranian leaders view the situation from another prism.