President Obama Can Still Channel Kennedy on Iran

by Ryan Costello Fifty years ago today, President John F. Kennedy delivered a visionary commencement speech at American University where he called on Americans to reexamine their assumptions about peace, including with our then-archrival, the Soviet Union. In so doing,… Continue Reading  

More Sanctions, More Problems

Sanctions Are Holding Back Our Talks with Iran by Usha Sahay and Laicie Heeley There is a consensus in Washington that more sanctions will help convince Iran to halt its nuclear development. On June 3, President Obama issued an executive order… Continue Reading  

Reading Iranian Minds

by Paul Pillar via The National Interest Many who offer opinions on policy toward Iran, and particularly on how to handle negotiations over its nuclear program, implicitly claim an unusual ability to read the minds of Iranian decision-makers. Assertions are… Continue Reading  

Congress Moves Toward Full Trade Embargo on Iran

by Jim Lobe via IPS News Congress moved closer here Wednesday to imposing a full trade embargo against Iran and pledged its support to Israel if it felt compelled to attack Tehran’s nuclear programme in self-defence. The Senate voted 99-0… Continue Reading  

New Push in U.S. for Tougher Sanctions, War Threats Against Iran

via IPS News Four U.S. non-proliferation specialists are urging the Obama administration to impose tougher economic sanctions against Iran and issue more explicit threats to destroy its nuclear programme by military means. In a 155-page report, the specialists, who were… Continue Reading