Rapid Reaction to the Iran Nuclear Deal


by Mitchell Plitnick These are my initial thoughts on the deal struck between the P5+1 (the U.S., Britain, France, China, and Russia plus Germany) and Iran. They come after a few hours of watching the speeches, reading the briefings from… Continue Reading  

The Senate Crusader

Kirk (2)

by Mitchell Plitnick Discussing his outspoken opposition to diplomacy with Iran, Republican Senator Mark Kirk said in a phone briefing for his supporters: “It’s the reason why I ran for the Senate, [it] is all wrapped up in this battle.… Continue Reading  

In Congress, The Fight For The Future of US Foreign Policy

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and US Secretary of State John Kerry

by Mitchell Plitnick There’s a showdown coming, and the outcome may determine how the US runs its foreign policy in the Middle East, at least for the next three years and perhaps much longer. The issues at hand are both… Continue Reading  

Israelis, Saudis Just Getting Started in Opposing U.S.-Iran Detente

Bibi and Kerry

by Mitchell Plitnick The trick to finding an agreement between the P5+1 world powers and Iran has become clear: keep Israel and Saudi Arabia out of the room. (But don’t expect them to be happy about it.)

Netanyahu’s Threats Ring Hollow Amid Iranian Proposals

Ashton and Bibi

by Mitchell Plitnick In most corners of the world, the news that a presentation by Iran at its meetings with the 6 world power P5+1 team in Geneva today was greeted warmly by their interlocutors aroused optimism and a hopeful… Continue Reading