Since France, after fighting hard to toughen the terms of the deal, has ratified it, there are five essential reasons for us to move forward with the process and to play, determinedly but without illusion, the card of rapprochement and dialogue.
No matter what transpires in the Oval Office, Maliki will waltz out of that meeting boasting in Arabic to his Shiite followers that he is Washington's preferred leader. That spin must not go unchallenged by the White House.
Remember the spillover from Afghanistan when the war ended and there were thousands of mujahideen fighters emerged with nowhere to go? The same will apply in Syria. Where will all these jihadis end up?
In a recent article, Middle East expert Reza Aslan writes that Ahmadinejad may not be the hard-line president outside observers thinks he is. Here's why Aslan's characterization of Ahmadinejad is flawed.
Yet not all of the basij adhere to the ultra-conservative elements of the Islamic Republic that have caught the world's attention in the past two months. Many are actually strong supporters of the reformists
With growing resentment directed against Ali Khamenei by his own peers, how ironic would it be that the first political casualty of Iran's election dispute turned out to be the supreme leader and not Ahmadinejad?