The Iran Agreement and the Meaning of Risk

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by Paul R. Pillar The first few days of argumentation about the recently completed agreement to restrict Iran’s nuclear program have taken predictable directions—predictable not only because the shape of the deal was known well before all the drafting was… Continue Reading  

More Distortions on Iran from the Times

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by Derek Davison On Tuesday, The New York Times published what appeared at first to be a troubling update on the state of Iran’s nuclear program. In a piece headlined “Iran’s Nuclear Stockpile Grows, Complicating Negotiations,” the paper’s chief Washington… Continue Reading  

Two Faulty Objections to an Iran Deal

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by Ali Gharib The closing months of an Iran nuclear deal were always bound to bring a hailstorm of criticisms from opponents of diplomacy. Well, it’s happening — and maybe “hail” isn’t the right kind of storm: critics of a deal… Continue Reading  

Beltway Foreign Policy Groups to Congress: Stay Out of the Way on Iran!

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by Eli Clifton The November 24 deadline for Iran and world powers to reach an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program is quickly approaching. If negotiators can reach a deal next month, it will almost certainly provide unprecedented access for inspectors to… Continue Reading  

When Congress Should Assert Itself, and When It Shouldn’t

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by Paul R. Pillar David Sanger’s article in the New York Times about how the Obama administration is seeking a nuclear accord with Iran that would not require any early votes in Congress has garnered a lot of attention. Naturally, the administration in response… Continue Reading