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Iran Diplomacy

A Cold War Lesson for Iran

Nicholas Burns | Posted 07.17.2014 | World
Nicholas Burns

Diplomacy in war and peace negotiations requires strategy and patience, not an illusory quick fix. Diplomacy is messy, often involving difficult compromises with unseemly governments. But it is also how the vast majority of international crises are actually resolved -- through negotiation rather than through the barrel of a gun. Those are worthy lessons to remember after the Iraq and Afghan wars.

Britain To Re-open Embassy In Iran

Reuters | Posted 08.17.2014 | World

LONDON, June 17 (Reuters) - Britain plans to re-open its embassy in Iran, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Tuesday, sa...

A Retrospective on US Diplomacy Toward Iran

Joseph Braude | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics
Joseph Braude

Last year I had the opportunity to speak with former Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama White House officials about the history of efforts at diplomacy with the Iranian regime.

Ruthless Dictator Harry Reid Represses GOP Warmongers

Robert Naiman | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Senate Republicans want to put the U.S. on a path to war with Iran. They'd like to use the Senate to blow up the president's efforts to reach a diplomatic agreement with Iran to prevent war. But Republicans don't control the Senate. Therefore, Harry Reid is a dictator.

'Letters From Iran' -- Hope for Peace and Diplomacy

Roshanak Ameli-Tehrani | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Roshanak Ameli-Tehrani

It has become easy, almost fashionable for a vocal minority to demonize Iranians. It's harder to recognize the hope and opportunity that exists. Or is it?

First British Delegation In Years Visits Iran

AP | BY NASSER KARIMI | Posted 03.09.2014 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A British Parliament delegation arrived in Tehran on Tuesday on the first visit by U.K. lawmakers to Iran in years, as the two c...

Does Tea Party Hero Mike Lee Really Want a War With Iran?

Robert Naiman | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Some Republicans, like John McCain, never met a war they didn't like. But Senator Mike Lee is not one of those Republicans.

Iran: Nuclear Energy for War or Peace? A Renewable Suggestion

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Mitchell J. Rabin

One of the many serious issues the planet faces is whether or not Iran's nuclear program is to develop weapons or to be able to turn on a switch for l...

Make the 1 Percent Pay for the Iran War

Robert Naiman | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Now we know that it's actually not so hard to get Washington to do the right thing if the choices are framed correctly. Having learned this lesson, let us apply it to the question of future wars, and to the proposed Iran war in particular.

A Jewish Atheist Responds to the Pope's Call for Peace

Robert Naiman | Posted 02.28.2014 | World
Robert Naiman

Speaking as a Jewish atheist, I would like to take this opportunity to respond to the pope's appeal to me to make common cause with him for peace. A sus órdenes, Pope Francis. Count me in. The verdict of history has been decisive. Stalin was wrong. The pope is a powerhouse.

The EU Parliament Visits Iran -- An Important Step for Diplomacy

Trita Parsi | Posted 12.30.2013 | World
Trita Parsi

The range of problem areas between the West and Iran are extensive -- the nuclear issue, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and human rights in Iran just to name a few. And none of them can be resolved or effectively addressed unless the two sides talk to each other.

Before Deciding on the Future, the U.S. Should Review Its Past Approach to Iran

Shireen T. Hunter | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Shireen T. Hunter

As part of this review and assessment, the U.S. should ask itself whether it had been well-advised by its regional allies in snubbing Iran.

Iran Cooties: Will Obama Meet with Rouhani Tuesday?

Robert Naiman | Posted 11.19.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

On Tuesday, President Obama has a historic opportunity to end the "Iran cooties" policy. Iran's newly-elected, pragmatic, pro-diplomacy President Hassan Rouhani is going to be addressing the United Nations General Assembly. So is U.S. President Barack Obama.

Obama To Test Iran's Interest In Dialogue

Reuters | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics

(Corrects 4th paragraph to say Telemundo instead of Univision) WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Tuesday...

Washington Reassesses Iran Policy

Joel Rubin | Posted 09.24.2013 | World
Joel Rubin

This Washington reassessment of the new possibilities for negotiations with Iran is remarkable, especially when compared to the American political environment of less than a year ago.

An Obama-Rouhani Communique: The World's Best Chance at Peace

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 09.23.2013 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

Favoring the pressure track of sanctions over a military intervention, it is not yet clear whether Obama is contemplating a grand bargain with Tehran, but the glimmer of an opportunity seems there. What is certain is that Rouhani represents Washington's best chance for peace.

Iran Leak Reveals Senate Push for Regime Change

Kate Gould | Posted 07.10.2013 | World
Kate Gould

The legislation would not only signal U.S. regime change policy to the Iranian government -- it would also signal to the Iranian people as a whole that the U.S. is determined to pursue regime change by making ordinary Iranians suffer.

Senators Open Back Door for War With Iran

Kate Gould | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Kate Gould

Nearly half of the Senate has signed on to what is nicknamed the "Back Door to War" resolution, which calls for the U.S. to pledge military support for a potential Israeli attack on Iran. This resolution could be a precursor to a full-on authorization of military force.

Crisis! Pro-Obama Jews Must Demand Diplomacy Advocate Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense

Robert Naiman | Posted 02.24.2013 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Since many of our Christian brothers and sisters are offline for the Christmas holiday, I thought this would be a good time for the pro-Obama Jews to ...

Iran: No to Sanctions, No to War

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 12.04.2012 | World
MJ Rosenberg

The bottom line then is that neither sanctions nor war can succeed. That leaves one option that is never considered: unconditional diplomacy.

Congress Pushes for War With Iran

Stephen Zunes | Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

President Obama's "red line" on Iran -- the point at which his administration would consider taking military action against the country -- has been the reactionary regime's actual procurement of nuclear weapons.

Europe's Unique Opportunity to Act

Trita Parsi | Posted 08.12.2012 | World
Trita Parsi

By delaying -- not lifting -- its impending embargo on Iranian oil for six months, Europe will give decisive breathing space to an otherwise constricted negotiation process. The Iranians should, in turn, freeze the enrichment of 20 percent uranium for that same period.

Friends of Israel, Iran Negotiations Will Require Patience

Joel Rubin | Posted 06.06.2012 | Politics
Joel Rubin

While an opportunity exists to create a permanent solution to the Iranian nuclear challenge through diplomacy, this opportunity is fragile and uncertain. Therefore, what we need now more than ever is patience.

"No Contact" Is the Keystone XL of Iran Policy

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.03.2012 | World
Robert Naiman

How could we get a clean shot at what the administration is not doing to move the ball forward on Iran diplomacy? We can demand the reversal of the "no contact" policy for U.S. diplomats.

Case For Bombing Iran Collapses

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.20.2012 | World
MJ Rosenberg

One critical element leads me to the conclusion that the United States will not go to war with Iran, nor allow Israel to do so. It is this: common sense.