Imagining the Post-Putin Era

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by Mark N. Katz It is not clear when, or how, Vladimir Putin will give up power (as opposed to only pretending to do so as he did during the 2008-12 Medvedev interlude). Nor is it at all clear who… Continue Reading  

Iranian Human Rights Defenders Voice Support for Nuclear Talks

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by Jasmin Ramsey The talks in Vienna over Iran’s nuclear program will likely continue past the July 20 deadline for reaching a final deal. President Barack Obama noted “real progress” but hinted at an extension yesterday after being briefed by Secretary of State John… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Rouhani, Zarif Not Desperate for Nuclear Deal

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by Adnan Tabatabai The negotiations in Vienna between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program are in the home stretch even if the July 20 deadline to reach a final deal set by last year’s interim accord will not be… Continue Reading  

Hamas’ Options: Bad Or Worse

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by Mitchell Plitnick The fighting in Gaza will continue for some time, as a ceasefire agreement brokered by Egypt fell apart. Despite the bellicose language Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has employed over the past week, it was Hamas and… Continue Reading  

Strong US Majority Prefers Iran Deal says “Citizen Cabinet” Survey

by Jim Lobe Sixty-one percent of the American public prefers a deal permitting Iran to continue limited uranium enrichment and imposing intrusive inspections on its nuclear facilities in exchange for some sanctions relief, according to a unique new survey released here Tuesday. In contrast… Continue Reading