Understanding Iran Ahead of Geneva Talks Round II


by Farideh Farhi & Jasmin Ramsey Editor’s Note: Following is Jasmin Ramsey’s introduction and interview with Farideh Farhi, an independent scholar and expert on Iran from the University of Hawaii who has been in Tehran since the end of August. … Continue Reading  

U.S.-Iran Poised for Breakthrough on Nuclear Issue


by Jim Lobe via IPS News On the 34th anniversary of the seizure by Iranian militants of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, a growing number of experts here believe Washington and the Islamic Republic may be moving toward détente, if not… Continue Reading  

Whither Nuclear Talks with Iran?


by Peter Jenkins via IPS News On a purely rational view, it is hard not to be optimistic about the upcoming talks with Iran in Geneva (Nov. 7-8), and about what might follow. On the Iranian side, the negotiations are… Continue Reading  

Drones and the Need for Political Context


by Daniel Luban Earlier this year, William Saletan published a typically contrarian piece titled “In Defense of Drones”. The subtitle — “they’re the worst form of war, except for all the others” — gives a good indication of the general line… Continue Reading  

Women’s Rights Are Linked to U.S.-Iran Negotiations


by Fariba Parsa via IPS News While U.S. and Iranian negotiators prepare for another round of nuclear talks in Geneva next month, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been silent about another matter that could be even more indicative of his… Continue Reading