The Geneva Blame Game

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by Alireza Nader Iran and the P5+1 (the U.S., Britain, France, China, and Russia plus Germany) came tantalizingly close to reaching a nuclear deal this past weekend in Geneva, but the talks ended without an agreement. Although both Iran and… Continue Reading  

The U.S.-Iran Wrestling Match

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by Alireza Nader via IPS News From Tehran’s perspective, the current negotiations between Iran and the United States may be best described as a wrestling match. Before President Hassan Rouhani’s speech at the U.N. General Assembly (UNGA), his boss, Supreme… Continue Reading  

Iran Torn on Syria

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by Alireza Nader via USIP Iran has mixed feelings and conflicting interests in the Syrian crisis. Tehran has a strategic interest in opposing chemical weapons due to its own horrific experience during the 1980-1988 war with Iraq. For years, President… Continue Reading  

Positive Signals Between Iran and U.S. Intensifying

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by Jim Lobe via IPS News Within days of the inauguration of Hassan Rouhani as Iran’s new president, both Tehran and Washington appear to be sending positive signals to each other. The latest came Monday in a flurry of reports… Continue Reading  

Was Rafsanjani’s Disqualification about Iran’s Nuclear Program?

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by Jasmin Ramsey Dennis Ross, President Obama’s former top Middle East aide, writes that the exclusion of Hashemi Rafsanjani from Iran’s June 14 election signals that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is uninterested in a nuclear deal: I say that not because… Continue Reading