Linking the US and Iran

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by David Collier* Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader, recently cast fresh doubt on the possibility of a nuclear deal by the July 20 deadline for the ongoing talks between Iran and world powers in Vienna. This came after Iranian… Continue Reading  

“Bad Deal” Better Than “No Deal”?

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by Francois Nicoulaud  “No deal is better than bad deal:” that’s the mantra that has been heard ad nauseam in the recent past and presented as self-evident of U.S. toughness in the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. But is it… Continue Reading  

Fear of a Decrease in Fear of Iran

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by Paul Pillar* Many participants in debate on U.S. policy in the Middle East have a lot invested in maintaining the idea of the Islamic Republic of Iran as a bogeyman forever to be feared, despised, sanctioned, and shunned, and… Continue Reading  

How Not to Make Comparisons Between Iran and China

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by Paul Pillar One of the most famous zingers in American political history is Lloyd Bentsen’s “you’re no Jack Kennedy” line in his 1988 vice presidential candidates’ debate with Dan Quayle. Quayle’s preceding remark in the debate actually had not… Continue Reading  

Israel’s Stolen Nuclear Materials: Why it Still Matters

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by Marsha B. Cohen Once again revelations concerning the genesis of Israel’s undeclared nuclear weapons program are attracting notice. Two nuclear experts, Victor Gilinsky and Roger J. Mattson, have again raised questions as to how Israel might have acquired the nuclear materials… Continue Reading