Zarif: Iran Nuclear Talks Have Entered “Serious Stage”


by Jasmin Ramsey Geneva — Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said this morning that it’s too soon to say whether an agreement would be signed but the arrival of his P5+1 (U.S., Britain, France, China, and Russia plus Germany)… Continue Reading  

Stakes over Iran Talks on the Rise


by Jim Lobe via IPS News As Secretary of State John Kerry and foreign ministers of at least four other major powers prepared to join talks with Iran in Geneva Saturday, the stakes over the eventual success or failure of… Continue Reading  

The Gipper’s Guide to Negotiating With Iran?


Don’t Forget His Fumbles! by Greg Thielmann In an op-ed published by the Wall Street Journal Wednesday, former Secretary of State George Shultz suggested applying tips from former President Ronald Reagan for negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program.

Iranian-American Rapprochement: What’s In It for Israel and Saudi Arabia?


by Mark N. Katz Israel, Saudi Arabia, and some of the other ArabGulf states are deeply skeptical of the Obama Administration’s efforts to reach a deal with Iran limiting its nuclear program and to improve U.S.-Iranian relations generally.  America’s traditional… Continue Reading  

The Senate Crusader

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by Mitchell Plitnick Discussing his outspoken opposition to diplomacy with Iran, Republican Senator Mark Kirk said in a phone briefing for his supporters: “It’s the reason why I ran for the Senate, [it] is all wrapped up in this battle.… Continue Reading