Why Hasn’t the IAEA Followed Up Iran’s Inspection Offer?

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The Marivan Mystery by Gareth Porter When Iran offered last month to allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to visit the Marivan region near the border with Iraq, the IAEA might have been expected to respond with alacrity to… Continue Reading  

Assess Sanctions Success before Piling More on

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Last week Paul Pillar wrote that our sanctions-happy Congress is hindering progress with Iran. This week three high-level members of the US foreign policy elite are asking Congress to not lose sight of the end-goal — peacefully reaching a mutually… Continue Reading  

Should the consequences of war with Iran be discussed in private?

This week, Jeffrey Goldberg gave cover to Mitt Romney’s critique of public discussion about the consequences of going to war with Iran in Bloomberg News. Goldberg wasn’t giving Romney a platform for his messaging; he agrees with the Republican nominee’s assessment: Romney’s more… Continue Reading  

Clinton on Iran: “We’re not setting deadlines”

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*Update: Laura Rozen reports on Israel’s criticism of the Secretary’s remarks. During the weekend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated his demand that the “international community (read the Obama administration) establish clear “red lines” for Iran’s nuclear program. Then we were told… Continue Reading  

Vali Nasr Again

Next steps for a U.S.-Iranian deal are prescribed by Vali Nasr, writing again for Bloomberg. He notes that the “window for negotiations is narrow” while making bold recommendations in the context of the constrained environment President Obama has gotten himself into.… Continue Reading