Gary Sick on Iran: Is Agreement Possible?

by Jasmin Ramsey Columbia University Professor Gary Sick, who served as an Iran specialist on the National Security Council staffs of Presidents Ford, Carter and Reagan, examines US Persian Gulf Policy in Obama’s Second Term in the next issue of Aspenia, the Aspen Istitute Italia’s… Continue Reading  

Don’t Rule Out Bilateral Talks with Iran

by Peter Jenkins I was in Berlin on Monday when Iran’s Foreign Minister, MIT-educated Ali Akbar Salehi, spoke to a large audience at the premises of the German Association for Foreign Policy (DGAP). I heard Minister Salehi repeat what he… Continue Reading  

Beyond the Post-NAM Spin

The end of the Nonaligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran has been an occasion for pundits on all sides to engage in post-game spin. In Iran, the spin began right in the middle of the summit when Iranian television mistranslated… Continue Reading  

“In a porous world, sanctions are largely ineffective”

Najmedin Meshkati and Guive Mirfendereski argue in the Los Angeles Times that sanctions against Iran have been ineffective at substantially curbing its alleged nuclear ambitions: Policies of restriction or containment through sanctions and economic mechanisms do not work. In a… Continue Reading  

Where are the Iran talks heading after Moscow?

To anyone trying to guess where this year’s re-engagement of Iran by the Obama administration is likely to lead, two things look clearer in the aftermath of the 18-19 June talks in Moscow. First, the administration appears to have thought… Continue Reading