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In Vienna, U.S. and Iran Building a Recipe for Success

Reza Marashi | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
Reza Marashi

With each round of talks, Iranian and Western negotiators dive deeper into the details and substance of key technical issues -- some of which had never truly been discussed.

In Vienna, U.S. and Iran Inch Toward a Better Future

Reza Marashi | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Reza Marashi

So, now the hard part begins. It is fair to point out that the gap between technical solutions and political solutions may be too wide to bridge. However, the likely alternative -- war -- is a stark reminder for both sides that the status quo is neither in their interests nor sustainable.

Why Détente With Iran Is a Historic Game Changer

Dr. Nasser H. Saidi | Posted 03.05.2014 | World
Dr. Nasser H. Saidi

We are at a potential cusp, a transformational moment in the Gulf and the Middle East where détente with Iran could radically change the geopolitics and economics of the region. The opportunity should not be missed.

Keep the Focus on Iran's Human Rights

Hadi Ghaemi | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
Hadi Ghaemi

Progress towards a nuclear deal should by no means lessen international attention to the human rights violations that have reached crisis levels in Iran since the disputed 2009 election and which continue to this day despite the election of Hassan Rouhani.

The U.S. Cannot Provide Absolute Security for Its Middle East Allies

Shireen T. Hunter | Posted 02.15.2014 | World
Shireen T. Hunter

The signing of the interim agreement between Iran and the 5+1 countries over Iran's nuclear program produced a very slight and, lately, dimming glimmer of hope that a process of reconciliation between Iran and the U.S. can begin sometime in the future.

United States and Iran: Two-way Street on Trust

Matthew Dowd | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Matthew Dowd

Iran has done many despicable things over the years and has provided resources and weapons to many terrorists around the world. And for all that it should be condemned and any trust of Iran should be slow and verifiable. But Iran as a country also has trust issues with us.

How Prophet Muhammad's Humility Could Shape the US-Iranian Peace Deal

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

US-Iranian leaders could draw inspiration from the humility of Prophet Muhammad in negotiations. Yes, all sides are not completely happy but I like to believe that "a good compromise is a compromise in which both sides are equally unhappy."

Easing Of Iran Sanctions Could Begin In December

AP | BRIAN MURPHY and JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG | Posted 11.25.2013 | World

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union sanctions against Iran could be eased as soon as December, officials said Monday, after a potentially history-shaping...

Rough Going In Iran Nuclear Talks

AP | JAMEY KEATEN and JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 11.23.2013 | World

GENEVA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and five foreign ministers joined Iran nuclear talks Saturday, cautioning there were no guarantees ...

The Iran Negotiations Must Not Fail

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
MJ Rosenberg

This development -- the possibility of ending any Iranian nuclear threat and ultimately normalizing relations with Iran after a four decade freeze -- was made possible by an event few anticipated.

Iran Nuclear Talks Are Bound to Get Tougher

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Lee H. Hamilton

Achieving any sort of deal would be a major accomplishment, as it would help alleviate a large number of problems that continue to plague the Middle East, including the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

Power: 'We Have To Test This Regime'

AP | Posted 11.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says the Obama administration needs more time, without new sanctions, to pursue a deal w...

Will Anti-U.S. Billboards Hinder Iran's Improving Reputation?

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.28.2013 | World

As he appears to be chipping away at the decades-long, icy relations with the United States, probably the last thing Hassan Rouhani wants is a public...

A Time to Stand and Deliver for Iran

Reza Bavar | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Reza Bavar

It is time for the Iranian diaspora to stand up, put aside the differences that have fragmented the community, and step forward in a very deliberate way to bring an end to the estrangement that has isolated Iran and, in many ways, punished the Iranian people.

Joshua Hersh

Four Ways Iran's Hardliners Are Just Like Their Western Counterparts

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 10.25.2013 | World

The first round of negotiations between Iran and a collection of Western and other interlocutors over the nation's controversial nuclear energy progra...

Iran's Newfound Engagement Should Extend to Human Rights

Dokhi Fassihian | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Dokhi Fassihian

The international community has the responsibility to elevate the human rights portfolio on par with other issues, and to induce Iran's cooperation with the UN Human Rights Council and its appointed mandate holder.

Signs Of Rift Between Israel And U.S. Over Iran

AP | JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 10.20.2013 | World

JERUSALEM -- JERUSALEM (AP) — Just days after the first round of global nuclear talks with Iran, a rift appears to be emerging between Israel and it...

Archeo-diplomacy: A Genuine or a Fake Effort?

Sepideh Saeedi | Posted 12.07.2013 | World
Sepideh Saeedi

As a sign of a thaw in U.S.-Iranian relations, a supposed 2,700-year-old silver object, thought to have been looted from a cave in Iran, was repatriat...

Iran Nuclear Talks Spur High Hopes

AP | GEORGE JAHN | Posted 12.14.2013 | World

VIENNA — VIENNA (AP) — Don't expect a breakthrough — but the chances for progress have seldom been better. This is the message coming from I...

John Kerry: Iran Diplomatic Window 'Cracking Open'

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 10.13.2013 | World

LONDON -- LONDON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the window for diplomacy with Iran over its nuclear program is "cracking open," but ...

Ayatollah: 'The American Government Is Untrustworthy'

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 12.05.2013 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's top leader says some aspects of Hassan Rouhani's trip to New York last month were "not appropriate,"...

The 5 biggest moments from UN Week

Peter Yeo | Posted 12.01.2013 | World
Peter Yeo

Last week was a busy – and critical – week for the U.S. and the United Nations, as the 68th UN General Assembly convened to tackle global ...

Netanyahu: Don't Be Fooled By Iran's 'Smiley Campaign'

AP | JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 11.29.2013 | World

JERUSALEM — Mortified that the world may be warming up to Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is taking an unpopular message to the ...

Iran: More Needed Than Just A Phone Call From Obama

AP | NASSER KARIMI | Posted 11.29.2013 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran sought Sunday to calm hard-liners worried over groundbreaking exchanges with Washington, saying a single phone conversation ...

Hardliners Throw Eggs And Shoes At Rouhani, Yell 'Death To America'

Reuters | Posted 11.28.2013 | World

By Marcus George DUBAI, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Hundreds of Iranians cheered President Hassan Rouhani on his return from New York on Satur...