Iran Nuclear Talks: What do Rouhani’s Hard-line Critics Want?

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by Adnan Tabatabai With the July 20 deadline for reaching a final deal on Iran’s nuclear program looming, Tehran and world powers will resume negotiations on May 13 in Vienna. While the talks could theoretically be extended, efforts by Iran… Continue Reading  

Poll: Soft Support for Ukrainian Separatism, Putin has Strong Backing at Home

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by Derek Davison The Pew Research Center has conducted public opinion surveys in Ukraine (April 5-23) and Russia (April 4-20), and the results, released May 8, shed some light on the ongoing conflict between the two countries. They reveal a… Continue Reading  

The Saga of Iraqi Electoral Disappointment

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by Wayne White Since 2005, Iraqis have voted in four parliamentary elections yearning for decisive positive change. In three of those elections, popular hope for more effective governance and a decline in violence were dashed with governments consumed by their… Continue Reading  

Israeli Ex-Atomic Chief: Iran 10 Years Away from Nuclear Weapons

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by Jasmin Ramsey Another Israeli expert has contradicted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s assessment of Iran’s nuclear program. “The Iranian nuclear program will only be operational in another 10 years,” said Uzi Eilam, the former head of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission,… Continue Reading  

New Gestures to Opposition Unlikely to Change U.S. Syria Policy

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by Jim Lobe* Despite new gestures of support for the Syrian opposition, the administration of President Barack Obama is unlikely to change its longstanding policy of restraining U.S. involvement in the country’s more than three-year-old civil war, according to experts… Continue Reading