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Punishment No Fit for International Crisis Management

Published on March 19th, 2014 | by Peter Jenkins

by Peter Jenkins Enthusiasm in some quarters for punishing Russia for its moves to recover the Crimea has been a feature of recent public debate. Similar references to “punishing Assad” were rife last August after Western ... Read More


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Do Neocons Want a Deal with Iran?

Published on March 19th, 2014 | by Derek Davison

by Derek Davison As talks over a comprehensive agreement on Iran’s nuclear program continue in Vienna (the next round will be April 7-9) it seems that even those neoconservatives who supported sanctions and negotiation as peaceful ... Read More



Tragedy and Perfidy: The Figure of Mahmoud Abbas

Published on March 19th, 2014 | by Mitchell Plitnick

by Mitchell Plitnick Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met with US President Barack Obama this week, following in the footsteps of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier in the month. But unlike Netanyahu, Abbas is a ... Read More



The Mixed Message of the Senate Letter On the Iran Nuclear Talks

Published on March 18th, 2014 | by Guest

by Daryl G. Kimball Clearly, Congress has an important role in implementing any comprehensive, final-phase agreement between the P5+1 and Iran to “ensureIran’s nuclear programme will be exclusively peaceful.” Those talks are now underway in Vienna. In that role, ... Read More



Ashton’s Meeting in Tehran

Published on March 18th, 2014 | by Farideh Farhi

by Farideh Farhi Iranian news agencies are reporting that a “knowledgeable source” is suggesting Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif cancelled his dinner meeting with EU Foreign Policy chief Catherine Ashton on the eve of nuclear talks ... Read More


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Iran Nuclear Talks: What Each Side Wants

Published on March 18th, 2014 | by Guest

by Dina Esfandiary Another round of talks between world powers and Iran begins in Vienna this week. Today, both sides want a deal, and fast. The positive atmosphere that characterised the recent rounds will likely endure. ... Read More



Libya’s Post-War Chaos Needs More Attention

Published on March 17th, 2014 | by Wayne White

by Wayne White The Libyan Parliament’s abrupt dismissal last week of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan takes Libya another step closer to even greater confusion and instability. With an oil-starved central government also drifting closer to bankruptcy, ... Read More

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