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Iran Nuclear Weapons

Why the Iran Negotiations Matter in Columbus

Charleta B. Tavares | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics
Charleta B. Tavares

Hardliners in the United States may claim that the extension buys Iran time. That is simply not the case.

GOP Senators Demand Say On Iran Nuclear Deal

AP | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators are insisting that the House and Senate sign off on any potential nuclear deal between Iran and six world powe...

If Iran Negotiations Need to Continue, Let Them

Ryan Costello | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics
Ryan Costello

It appears that the key hurdle to a diplomatic breakthrough is a surmountable one: defining the size and scale of Iran's enrichment program throughout the course of an agreement.

Iran May Have Had a Nuclear Weapons Program. That Doesn't Mean We Can't Make a Deal.

John Allen Gay | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics
John Allen Gay

We must resist the temptation to conflate technical and legalistic questions with the political and strategic questions that are the true stakes in this decade-long crisis. Succumbing to a very similar temptation about Iraq's WMD programs helped draw us into war there.

Congress Can Avoid Iran War By Supporting Negotiations

Jon Soltz | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Jon Soltz

As an Iraq war veteran who served two tours, at the beginning and end, I can tell you that I understand the alternatives. They scare the living hell out of me.

Michael McAuliff

Study: Iran Sanctions Cost The U.S. Billions

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the deadline looming in talks between the United States and Iran to reach a nuclear deal, an Iranian-American advocacy group has re...

Kerry Tries To Save Iran Nuclear Talks Days Before Deadline

AP | By BRADLEY KLAPPER and GEORGE JAHN | Posted 07.15.2014 | World

VIENNA (AP) — The top U.S. and Iranian diplomats searched Monday for a breakthrough in nuclear talks, their efforts complicated by crises across the...

Israel and Saudi Arabia: Forging Ties on Quicksand

James Dorsey | Posted 07.13.2014 | World
James Dorsey

As states, Saudi Arabia and Israel share few, if any common values, despite some cultural values that are common to Wahhabism, the austere form of Islam adopted by the kingdom, and ultra-orthodox Jews. But they increasingly have common interests.

Middle East Fights Propaganda Wars on World Cup Sidelines

James Dorsey | Posted 06.25.2014 | World
James Dorsey

This year's World Cup is not just about soccer -- at least not as far as the Middle East and North Africa is concerned.

World Cup Boosts Iran's Image and Highlights Political Sports Battles

James Dorsey | Posted 06.24.2014 | Sports
James Dorsey

The Iranian team's performance so far with its 0:0 draw against Nigeria in its first World Cup match in which it was not defeated in its first tournament game as well as the encounter with Argentina, has spared Mr. Rouhani and his government being blamed for another failure.

Iran Nuclear Gridlock Is Political, Not Technical

Ryan Costello | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Ryan Costello

The Iran nuclear talks present a rare opportunity for a major American diplomatic victory. If negotiators from the P5+1 and Iran bridge the remaining political gaps, they will resolve a major national security threat -- a potential Iranian nuclear weapon -- without a shot being fired.

Iran: Human Rights Caught Between Diplomatic Progress and Political Deadlock

Karim Lahidji | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Karim Lahidji

To praise Iran's president for his diplomatic successes means forgetting all too easily that the situation within the country has changed little, if at all, since his election.

How Will Iran's Nuclear Waltz With the US End?

Raymond Barrett | Posted 06.09.2014 | World
Raymond Barrett

If Tehran is looking for guidance on how to smother calls for political reform through a globalized economic renaissance, it needs look no farther than Beijing.

REPORT: Iran Pursuing Ballistic Missile Work

Reuters | Posted 07.15.2014 | World

* U.S. brought up missiles as Vienna nuclear talks resumed * Iran refusing to discuss ballistic missiles -Iranian official ...

Iran Should Demonstrate It Is Ready to Join the International Community by Ending Religious Persecution

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Everything depends on whether Tehran, and not just President Hassan Rouhani, is serious. No surprise, many analysts -- and more importantly, paladins of Capitol Hill -- remain skeptical. And that doubt has fueled efforts to impose new sanctions, which would impede if not kill efforts to reach a final accord.

Talks With Iran Continue Amid Outrage Over Ambassador Pick

AP | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States' ambassador to the United Nations says talks about Iran's nuclear program are continuing undisturbed by Washingt...

Let's Disarm the Nation and the World -- Starting at Home

Steve Nelson | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Steve Nelson

From our provincial position, 'evil' nations like North Korea should not have dangerous weapons. From their provincial position, our possession of nuclear weapons provides a practical and moral imperative that they have equally deadly capabilities.

Undercutting the Iran Nuclear Talks

Michael Brenner | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The American side's ratcheting up, and rigidifying the terms of what it defines as an acceptable accord with Iran, reflects a readiness to risk seeing the talks collapse.

As Iran Nuclear Negotiations Begin, Threat of Increased Sanctions Looms Large

Jacob Glass | Posted 05.25.2014 | Politics
Jacob Glass

Our senators are facing significant political pressure to resist multilateralism and pursue increased sanctions based on an uncompromising mistrust of Iran. But history judges leaders not upon their conformity with party politics, but upon the ultimate results they achieve.

Russia Warns West It May Change Its Stance On Iran

AP | Posted 03.19.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia may revise its stance in the Iranian nuclear talks amid tensions with the West over Ukraine, a senior diplomat warned Wednesday...

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.

Israeli-Iranian Axis? Highly Illusionary

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.05.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Iran must now cope with the new reality, which may well explain why Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons and why its efforts in this regard will set Israel further apart from Tehran, rather than bring them together to form an unholy axis.

Netanyahu at the White House

Natan Sachs | Posted 05.03.2014 | World
Natan Sachs

The stakes on both the Israeli-Palestinian and the Iranian issues are high; important decisions on both will soon be required. It would serve both countries well if in private, too, the leaders were able to work closely on what are, at the end of the day, closely aligned interests.

Senate Republicans About to Screw Veterans -- All for a Campaign Ad

Jon Soltz | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics
Jon Soltz

It takes a lot to say that Senate conservatives have just made their most craven move in many years, but that's exactly what is happening. In an effort to force a vote on increasing sanctions on Iran, the Senate Minority is trying to attach the measure to an otherwise non-controversial bill that would help veterans, immensely.

The Perils of Nuclear Iran

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 04.27.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

There are two intertwined implications for the Gulf States and Israel in particular that a nuclear Iran presents: the physical and the psychological. Whereas Iran's physical possession of nuclear weapons can be neutralized through deterrence and containment, the psychological aspect will linger as it will constantly bear a high degree of uncertainty.