Helping Iranians to Lead Normal Lives

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by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj “The Iranians have to suffer.” This is the message U.S. officials have relayed to their European counterparts as negotiations stall over Iran sanctions. Despite all the assurances that U.S. sanctions do not target the Iranian people, despite… Continue Reading  

Did Bad Economic Conditions Cause Iran’s protests?

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by Djavad Salehi-Isfahani Like other Iranian president before him, President Hassan Rouhani is having a bad second term. Only six months after his decisive re-election, protesters were in streets shouting “Death to Rouhani.” Then came a sharp fall in the… Continue Reading  

Where Iran Sanctions Relief Falls Short

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by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj Over the last few weeks, the debate about supposed U.S. obstruction of sanctions relief has reached a fever pitch. Secretary of State Kerry has brushed off criticism from Europe and Iran, making it clear that the US… Continue Reading  

Additional Weirdness in Opposition to the Iran Nuclear Agreement

Zarif, Kerry, Mogherini Continue Negotiations on Sticking Points

by Paul R. Pillar The never-say-die efforts to kill the Iranian nuclear agreement have been taking some strange turns lately. Two in particular.

Was the Iran Deal Threatened by US Sanctions Provisions?

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by Peter Jenkins What went wrong? Why were the United States and Iran unable to come to a comprehensive agreement in Vienna on Monday? According to an Iranian source close to the negotiations, the main obstacle was the inability of… Continue Reading