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Senate Bill Would Cut Off Iran Nuclear Inspections

Ryan Costello | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Ryan Costello

For congressional hawks claiming to take a tough line against Iran's nuclear program, cutting off funding for enhanced International Atomic Energy Agency inspections over that program seems like an odd approach. Yet a new bill introduced by the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee would threaten to do just that.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: A Supreme Autocrat Not a Shia Messiah

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

A recent tactical shift in Ayatollah Khamenei's policies indicate that he has increasingly become less powerful or "Supreme" as the mainstream media reveals or as his title indicates.

If Iran Negotiations Need to Continue, Let Them

Ryan Costello | Posted 09.17.2014 | 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.

ISIS: The Spoils of the 'Great Loot' in the Middle East

Conn Hallinan | Posted 09.01.2014 | World
Conn Hallinan

As Iraq tumbles into a yet another civil war, it is important to remember how all this came about, and why adding yet more warfare to the current crisis will perpetuate exactly what the "Great Loot" set out to do: tear an entire region of the world asunder.

Iran Nuclear Gridlock Is Political, Not Technical

Ryan Costello | Posted 08.20.2014 | 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.

For Iran's Supreme Leader, No Nuclear Deal Is Better Than a Good Nuclear Deal

Daniel Nisman | Posted 08.12.2014 | World
Daniel Nisman

As they head home from a rare round of bi-lateral talks with Iran in Geneva, it would serve American negotiators well to understand that the muscle behind the Iranian regime simply can't afford to let Rouhani resolve this crisis.

The Supreme Leader, Khamenei's Euphoria About Drones

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 07.23.2014 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

Iran's claim to have replicated the U.S. drone comes at a time when drone policy and the usage of drones by the Obama administration have become a crucially debated topic in Washington.

How Congressional Inaction Could Kill a Peaceful Iran Deal

Jamal Abdi | Posted 06.25.2014 | World
Jamal Abdi

Unless Congress gives the president the authority to lift sanctions, the president will be limited to extending temporary waivers for the sanctions for successive four-to-six month periods ad infinitum.

Syria: High-Priced Economic Card for Iran?

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

Although the Syrian government and leaders of Hezbollah are offering differing signals from the Islamic Republic, Iranian leaders view the situation from another prism.

How to Talk and Listen to Iran

William O. Beeman | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics
William O. Beeman

Current negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program in Geneva have raised hopes that there may be rapprochement between Iran and the West.

Looking into the Future: Iran and the United States beyond the P5+1

Amir Handjani | Posted 04.26.2014 | World
Amir Handjani

Engaging Iran economically could be as beneficial for the United States economy and long term strategic vision for Middle East as it would be for Iran. Over time sustained economic investment and trade can overcome years of distrust and enmity.

Khamenei Is Pessimistic About Nuclear Negotiations

Akbar Ganji | Posted 04.24.2014 | Politics
Akbar Ganji

Negotiations about such a critical and vital issue must be done with the full support of the power structure in Iran. The Supreme Leader cannot view President Rouhani and his administration as his puppets, such that he can withdraw his support for them.

Erich Ferrari on the 5+1 Nuclear Talks: Iran vs. Sanctions Architects

Omid Memarian | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
Omid Memarian

Erich Ferrari, a lawyer who provides counsel to those who wish to get off the sanctions list, says the Iranians are very smart and sophisticated negotiators, but on the issue of understanding the sanctions regime and what is being offered to them, they are at a disadvantage.

Iranians Celebrated the 35th Anniversary of Islamic Republic

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

Ceremonies in the Islamic Republic of Iran began two weeks ago, marking the 35th anniversary of the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, which deposed pro-West monarch Muhammad Reza Shah and brought in the Islamic Republic.

United Nations' Invitation and Irans Reversal

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

Many nations attending the Geneva II conference, including the United States, appear to have been totally caught off guard by a recent hastily organized news conference and announcement issued by U.N Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

The Final Move to a Comprehensive Nuclear Accord?

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

The actual challenge is in the IAEA-Iran second phase, where the agency must confirm that the Islamic Republic has begun to take the promised actions, with no other clandestine activities continuing for military purposes.

Will Iran Use its Political Influence in Syria to Halt the Violence?

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.12.2014 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

This month, Iranian leaders encounter a unique and distinct political opportunity to improve Tehran's political image. The "London 11" will hold a meeting in Europe next week and the subject of Iran's role in the resolution efforts of the Syrian civil war as well as delivery of humanitarian aid to the nation will be discussed.

Third Round of Nuclear Talks: Economic Recovery as Hardliners Strike Back

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.09.2014 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

Intriguingly, the most immediate challenge to Iran's nuclear deal does not emanate from the six world powers (P5+1) but in making a deal with the hardliners who have made advances in their cause over the past few weeks. This trend is increasing across the country.

Atoms for Peace in the Persian Gulf: The Vital Byproduct of P5+1 Nuclear Agreement With Iran

Najmedin Meshkati | Posted 03.09.2014 | World
Najmedin Meshkati

Ensuring peaceful resolution of Iran's nuclear issue, by supporting the interim agreement to eventually culminate in a comprehensive solution, and marshaling nuclear safety efforts in the Persian Gulf constitute realization of what Eisenhower promised the world some 60 years ago in the "Atoms for Peace."

The Challenges of the New Year

James Zogby | Posted 02.27.2014 | World
James Zogby

The Middle East promises to be every bit as complicated and challenging to US policy-makers as it has been in the year just ending. There is a dizzying array of conflicts and crises unfolding across the region -- all of which will involve the US in the year to come.

Iran Will Become a Nuclear Power, Unless...

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 02.09.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

If the Obama administration feels that there is even a faint chance to reach a lasting agreement with Iran, President Obama can improve the odds by insisting on a few conditions and satisfy itself and its allies that it has done all it could to prevent the military option.

Hardliners and Comprehensive Nuclear Deal

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.08.2014 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

Anyone who has studied Iran's nuclear policies closely for the last decade would be cognizant of the fact that the first deal has never culminated into a comprehensive and enduring agreement addressing the concerns behind Iran's nuclear ambitions.

What Iranians Think

James Zogby | Posted 02.06.2014 | World
James Zogby

We've heard what Israel Prime Minister and members of the U.S. Congress think about the interim nuclear deal the Iranian government concluded with the P5 + 1. What we don't know is how the Iranian people will react?

The Nuclear Deal: Netanyahu vs. Obama

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The deal that was struck in Geneva between Iran and the P5+ 1 represents an important first step in curbing Iran's nuclear program. Regardless of the multiple flaws it contains, it offers a chance to end Iran's nuclear impasse peacefully.

The Iran Accord -- Profoundly, and Primarily, Symbolic

William O. Beeman | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics
William O. Beeman

The profound symbolism of the moment more than outweighs the lighter substantive elements of the temporary agreement. The United States and its partners appeared tough and got very little. Iran appeared tough and gave up very little. Both sides saved face.