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The Effort to Isolate Iran

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 12.19.2011 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

The Obama administration's charges that Iran plotted the assassination of the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. have prompted denials and counter-charges from the Iranian regime.

The "Come To Jesus" Moment In US-Iran Relations

Reza Marashi | Posted 12.12.2011 | World
Reza Marashi

If the assassination allegations are true, this deplorable act should be strongly condemned. To that end, the Beltway is already buzzing with calls for a "robust response" that will "send a strong message to Iran." But how?

Iran's Shadow Diplomacy

Erin Fitzgerald | Posted 10.08.2011 | World
Erin Fitzgerald

To engage successfully with Iran on Afghanistan, it is crucial that US policymakers understand the parallel tracks of Tehran's foreign policy. They must recognize that it is possible to work with Tehran where their interests cohere.

Iranian Diplomat Says U.S. Hikers Held In Iran Will Soon Be Free

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 10.04.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — Iran's ambassador to Iraq said Thursday he expects two Americans who have been charged with espionage and held in Tehran for more than...

Washington's Favorite Terrorists

Trita Parsi | Posted 08.29.2011 | World
Trita Parsi

Even if the MEK were to be believed in its latest PR push, the reality is that they are currently on the terrorist list and, as a result, they must be subject to U.S. terrorism laws. Simply put, the laws must be enforced -- without exception.

Iran Detains American Woman On Spying Charges

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — A state-owned Iranian newspaper says authorities have detained an American woman on espionage suspicions. The report Thursday by...

To Contain Iran, Succeed in Palestine

Steven Simon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steven Simon

It is difficult for the United States to make headway on its strategic goals against a tide of Arab ill will. The Palestinians' plight is an emotive issue across the Arab world, and the conflict is key for Iran's bid to win hearts and minds on the Arab street.

Do We Need Sanctions Against Iran? Two Opposing Views

Meir Javedanfar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Meir Javedanfar

Javedanfar: History has shown that when pressured, the regime responds. Majd: Sanctions have clearly not achieved their objective. If anything, the pressure on Iran makes it even more intransigent.

Obama in Asia: Meeting American Decline Face to Face

Juan Cole | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Juan Cole

Beneath the pomp and splendor of Obama's journey through Asia has lurked a far tawdrier vision -- of a much weakened president presiding over a much weakened superpower, both looking somewhat desperately for succor abroad.

Iran's Nuclear Crisis: Why ICC Ratification Could Help Ease Tensions and Avert War

Sam Sasan Shoamanesh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sam Sasan Shoamanesh

Increasing sanctions coupled with a record of reliance on aggressive language, inflexible positions and the overhanging threat of war have only served to toughen Iranian resolve.

Why Iran is Bombing Iraq, and Why the U.S. Isn't Doing Anything About It

Dennis O'Brien | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dennis O'Brien

Caught between the militant groups, Iran, and Turkey, Iraqi Kurds -- mostly subsistence farmers -- are not being protected by anyone, and they are suffering.

Iranian Scientist Shahram Amiri Answers Some Questions, Raising Others

Haggai Carmon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Haggai Carmon

Shahram Amiri, an Iranian nuclear scientist, went missing in May 2009 during a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. Amiri's appearance on public television in Iran on July 15, 2010 offered some answers.

Ten Questions Regarding the Case of the Missing Iranian Scientist

Haggai Carmon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Haggai Carmon

The barrage of information regarding Shahram Amiri offered during the past 5 weeks makes it difficult to distinguish between genuine information, disinformation and spins.

I Just Got Back From Iran

Stephen Kinzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Kinzer

In today's America, that's a conversation-stopper. The reality is more prosaic -- sobering realities shape Iranian politics. Nonetheless, Iran may have more democratic potential than any other society in the Muslim world.

U.S. v. Iran: Winds of War or Psychological Warfare?

Haggai Carmon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Haggai Carmon

There is no doubt that the U.S.'s and allies' moves in the region are meant to signal to the Iranians that they mean business. Either the Iranians abandon their nuclear armament plans, or the West will destroy their facilities.

Iran, We Hardly Know Ye

Iara Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Iara Lee

This recent round of sanctions is an unjust act of economic warfare against the people of Iran, and another step in the wrong direction on our calamitous approach both to that country and the region.

Obama: New Iran Sanctions Toughest Ever

Reuters | Ross Colvin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

President Barack Obama signed into law on Thursday far-reaching new sanctions on Iran that aim to squeeze the Islamic Republic's fuel imports and deep...

Neocons: Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

One hoped that the neoconservatives would have disappeared after Bush left office and the Iraq War proved to be a disaster. But they are still around and pushing for a war with Iran, which they want even more than the last one.

Congress Sends Obama New Sanctions Against Iran

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Congress on Thursday overwhelmingly passed tough new sanctions against Iran, sending a message to the Tehran government that notion...

Princeton Grad GUILTY Of Violating Iran Trade Ban

AP | LARRY NEUMEISTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — An Ivy League-educated man whose family sent him millions of dollars from Iran was convicted Friday of violating the Iran trade embar...

On Iran, UN Human Rights Council Needs American Resolve

Hadi Ghaemi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hadi Ghaemi

By Hadi Ghaemi and Aaron Rhodes The United States should support and urge other states to support a resolution in the United Nations Human Rights Co...

Obama Should End Silence on Human Rights Abuses in Iran

Trita Parsi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Trita Parsi

If the Obama administration waits until it takes punitive action against Iran to censure human rights abuses there, it will look like we view human rights as a pressure tactic, rather than as the foundation of free society.

Rescuing Nuclear Talks with Iran

Richard W. Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard W. Parker

The Iran talks don't need hot heads, moralistic rhetoric and ominous reminders that we're "running out of time." What is needed is leaders with the pragmatism and vision to know a workable deal when they see it

Washington Can Give An Israeli Attack On Iran The Red Light

Trita Parsi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Trita Parsi

Should diplomacy with Iran fail, and should Israel seek to attack Iran, America will have plenty of reasons to prevent such a disaster from taking place. It also has the means to tell Israel "no."

Throwing Yourself in the Way: Gasoline Sanctions and Iran

Matthew Sugrue | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matthew Sugrue

Targeted sanctions offer the only real way forward with regards to Iran. They are penalties that target, harm and send unambiguous messages to the Islamic Republic's rulers, not its people.