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Is There A Problem Brewing With Iran?

Dr. Munr Kazmir | Posted 02.06.2017 | Politics
Dr. Munr Kazmir

Iran would be wise not to cross that metaphorical "red line" again, and I truly hope they understand that.

Will Trump Shred The Iran Nuclear Deal?

Rajan Menon | Posted 01.12.2017 | Politics
Rajan Menon

Stack up the op-eds and essays on the disasters that await the world once Donald Trump moves into the White House and you'll have a long list of dismaying scenarios.

What Trump Needs To Know About Iran

Seyed Hossein Mousavian | Posted 01.06.2017 | Home
Seyed Hossein Mousavian

For as unnerved as many world leaders were with Donald Trump’s election, they will have no choice but to work with the president of the world’s mo...

Who Benefits Most From a Sabotaged Iran Nuclear Deal

Seyed Hossein Mousavian | Posted 09.07.2016 | Home
Seyed Hossein Mousavian

Ultimately, the cost of the potential downfall of the deal far outweighs the individual gains of a single nation.

U.S. Payment Of $1.7 Billion To Iran Made Entirely In Cash

Associated Press | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 09.07.2016 | Home

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration acknowledged late Tuesday that its transfer of $1.7 billion to Iran earlier this year was made entirely i...

America's $400 Million 'Ransom' To Iran

Tom Paine | Posted 08.11.2016 | Politics
Tom Paine

On January 17, 2016 the United States government agreed to pay the Iranian government $400 million plus approximately $1.3 billion in accumulated inte...

Siamak Namazi Is a Good Man. Iran Should Release Him.

Reza Marashi | Posted 03.17.2017 | Home
Reza Marashi

The motives behind these arrests have been lucidly explained, but news of detained Iranian Americans dies when there are no developments on the ground.

Obama Leaves a Legacy, Rouhani Kickstarts Presidency

Negar Mortazavi | Posted 01.21.2017 | Home
Negar Mortazavi

President Obama will be out of office soon. These last victories will soon become legacies of an American leader who chose peace over war. President Rouhani, however, is just getting started.

Despite Iran Deal, U.S.-Iran Relations Still Very Much Up in the Air

Seyed Hossein Mousavian | Posted 01.21.2017 | Home
Seyed Hossein Mousavian

Despite the recent achievements on Iran-U.S. relations, which have been unprecedented since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the wall of mistrust between Washington and Tehran remains thick. It is of critical importance for the pragmatists on each side to ensure they stick to fully implementing the nuclear deal.

Kerry Negotiated Directly With Iran To Bring 5th American Home

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Matthew Trevithick was arrested last December, American and Iranian diplomats were nearing a consensus on a prisoner agreement that...

A Single Act That Altered History in a Staggering Fashion

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.10.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The figures are staggering. In what looks like a vast population transfer from a disintegrating Greater Middle East, nearly 200,000 refugees passed through Austria in September alone.

The Geopolitics of Respect: U.S., China, Iran and Russia

Ronald Tiersky | Posted 09.30.2016 | Home
Ronald Tiersky

Any people that has the means of its own defense and doesn't make the effort shows a lack of self-respect. Moreover, resistance ending in defeat can also demonstrate self-respect. "Nobody wants a foreign master," said the ancient Melians to the Athenians before being crushed by them.

Can Iran's Rulers Still Use Enemies Abroad to Rally a Nation?

The Conversation US | Posted 09.17.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

The rulers of the Islamic Republic of Iran have routinely used external conflicts to divert public attention from domestic problems, deflect attacks, promote national cohesion and repress their opponents. Much of the tension between Iran and the U.S. can be seen in this light.

What If Opposition to the Iran Nuclear Deal Is All About Oil?

Tom Mullen | Posted 09.15.2016 | Politics
Tom Mullen

Slower economic growth in China and other developing economies have contributed to weaker demand, while fracking and other innovations have combined with increased production by OPEC nations to increase supply. Both of these trends are likely to continue .

On That Day, All of Iran Wept for America

Marissa Beale | Posted 09.15.2016 | Politics
Marissa Beale

On September 3, 2015, photographs portraying the reality of life for people in Iran snagged the attention of President Barack Obama, who left a personal remark on a photograph of a father and son.

After Iran Deal, U.S. Needs to Reassure Arabs Over 'Pax Iranica'

Husain Haqqani | Posted 09.10.2016 | Home
Husain Haqqani

Unless Iran gives up its radical revolutionary ideology, it will continue to be perceived as a threat. In its zealous embrace of the nuclear deal with Iran, the United States should avoid the pitfall of considering Tehran's radicalism any less dangerous than that of extremists such as ISIS.

Danger: If Congress 'Blows Up' the Iran Deal

Joel Rubin | Posted 08.31.2016 | Politics
Joel Rubin

Let there be no doubt that this is the best agreement ever negotiated to block a new country's acquisition of nuclear weapons. One can quibble with some of the details at the margins of the agreement, but at its core, it is an excellent agreement.

Schumer's Dear John to Obama on Iran Deal; Confessions of a Conflicted Lover

Marcy Winograd | Posted 08.11.2016 | Politics
Marcy Winograd

Yes, breaking up is hard to do, especially when your other lover is the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. New York Senator Chuck Schumer's statement opposing the Iran deal reads like a wishy-washy-wish-I-didn't-have-to-write-this Dear John letter to President Obama.

Will the Other P5+1 Nations Join in Increased Sanctions If Congress Votes the Iranian Deal Down? Why Not Just Ask?

Robert K. Lifton | Posted 08.10.2016 | Politics
Robert K. Lifton

The American people deserve to know in advance, what they can expect from a negative vote on the deal in Congress and, in turn, let their elected representatives know what they, the American people want. Are they willing to undertake a military undertaking if that is the only option?

The Balance of Power in the Middle East Just Changed

Peter Van Buren | Posted 07.28.2016 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Don't sweat the July nuclear accord between the United States and Iran. There are two crucial points to take away from all the angry chatter to come: first, none of this matters and second, the devil is not in the details, though he may indeed appear on those Sunday talk shows.

Will President Scott Walker Ask Congress for Authorization Before He Bombs Iran?

Robert Naiman | Posted 07.21.2016 | Politics
Robert Naiman

People who claim that they have an alternative to the Iran nuclear deal besides war might want to check in with Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, widely judged to be one of the three "serious" Republican candidates for President.

Iran's Gains From the Nuclear Deal

Raghida Dergham | Posted 07.17.2016 | Home
Raghida Dergham

There is a real opportunity to realize a qualitative shift in the relations between Iran and the world through reassuring measures in the region. Obama has the opportunity to broker the needed rapprochement and dialogue, and help establish constructive relations.

The Agreement With Iran: How Solid?

Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics
Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes

Years ago when Japan was an economic powerhouse and Americans were negotiating with Japan, a certain confusion occurred. The Americans would feel they had an agreement only to find out there was no agreement.

How The World Reacted To The Iran Nuclear Deal

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 07.14.2015 | Home

Iran and six world powers reached a deal Tuesday to limit Tehran's nuclear capabilities, a result of almost two years of negotiations. In a comprehens...

Historic Nuclear Deal Reached between P5+1 Countries and Iran

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

I want to thank President Obama for his persistent leadership to reach this historic deal. I am grateful to Secretary of State Kerry, Secretary of Energy Moniz, and all of our diplomats and other personnel who have worked to make this agreement a reality.