The Odd American View of Negotiation

by Paul R. Pillar One of the unfortunate corollaries of American exceptionalism is a warped and highly asymmetric conception of negotiation. This conception can become a major impediment to the effective exercise of U.S. diplomacy. Although the attitudes that are… Continue Reading  

The Great Iran PMD Freakout

by Ali Gharib It was always going to happen this way. As talks between Iran and key world powers approached a June 30 deadline, the toughest issues would emerge not only as sticking points in the negotiations themselves but as… Continue Reading  

Experts: Progress in Iran Nuclear Talks requires flexibility, creativity

“There is the possibility of progress in the next round [of Iran nuclear talks], but it’s going to require that both sides be more flexible and a little more creative,” says the Arms Control Association’s Daryl Kimball in an interview with the… Continue Reading  

Sanctions without compromise won’t end Iran nuclear impasse

In a new report for the Oxford Research Group (first excerpted at PBS’s Tehran Bureau) author Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi explains why sanctions without compromise won’t change Iran’s hardline leaders’ stance on the nuclear program: The key dilemma which Western policymakers should consider is that, rightly or… Continue Reading