Iran Deal: Avoiding the Fate of Sisyphus

by Charles Naas The P5+1 negotiating team and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, much like Sisyphus in Greek mythology, have pushed the burden of mutual understanding on Iran’s nuclear program to the hilltop. Now they see if they can avoid… Continue Reading  

Obama’s Three Hard Choices in the Middle East

by Charles Naas The first steps in righting US policy and actions in the Middle East are recognition and acceptance of what we have wrought and what we can or cannot do to alter the current political realities. Clarity is required above all.

Assessing the Agreement with Iran

by Charles Naas The spate of immediate reactions to the nuclear agreement between Iran and the six negotiators (the US, France, Great Britain, Germany, Russia and China) has eased somewhat. We can now sit back calmly and assess the nuclear agreement.

When Silence Is Hardly Golden

by Henry Precht The recent telephone conversation between Presidents Obama and Rouhani — and their positive descriptions of the exchange — are precisely on target for bringing an end to the Iran-US Cold War. Distrust has been the background noise for that… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Civilian Nuclear Program: A Primer

It is expected that the six world powers negotiating group (the P5+1) will once again meet this month at various diplomatic levels with Iranian representatives to resolve fears that Iran could decide to divert its civilian nuclear program toward military use.… Continue Reading