Will Disgraced Pres. Ahmadinejad Impede Diplomatic Window of Opportunity with Iran?

US-Iran relations expert Trita Parsi explains why diplomatic headway can be made with Iran in the time period after the US presidential election and before the Iranian election in the Daily Beast’s “Open Zion“: Between November 8, 2012, and mid-March… Continue Reading  

No changes in Iran-US relations expected until after Iranian election

This week Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton indicated they wanted talks with Iran to resume even as the US’s dual-track policy of pressure and diplomacy (translation: more sanctions) continues: HIGH REPRESENTATIVE ASHTON: As you know, in New… Continue Reading  

Sanctions Continue to hit Average Iranians

The US-led sanctions regime isn’t directly targeting Iran’s healthcare system but reports continue to suggest that critically-ill Iranians are being affected. The Al Jazeera English clip above squares with Najmeh Bozorgmehr’s Financial Times article from September about how sanctions on Iran’s Central Bank are… Continue Reading  

What is Iran up to these days?

Laura Rozen has an exclusive on alleged Iranian attempts to establish back-channel contacts with non-official Americans ahead of the (hopefully) resumed nuclear negotiations: Mostafa Dolatyar, a career Iranian diplomat who heads the Iranian think tank, the Institute for Political and… Continue Reading  

Former Mossad chief: Failure to negotiate with Iran would lead to war

By Paul Mutter Laura Rozen’s recent interview with former Mossad director Efraim Halevy focuses heavily on diplomatic options for the US, Israel and Iran in the impasse over the Iranian nuclear program. Halevy, like former Mossad director Meir Dagan and a number of past… Continue Reading