US-Iran Bilateral Talks: On the Edge of a Nuclear Deal?

by Robert E. Hunter With bilateral US-Iran talks taking place in Geneva today, notably topped for the US by Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns, who led earlier secret exchanges, negotiations between Iran and world powers might be entering their final… Continue Reading  

How Not to Make Comparisons Between Iran and China

by Paul Pillar One of the most famous zingers in American political history is Lloyd Bentsen’s “you’re no Jack Kennedy” line in his 1988 vice presidential candidates’ debate with Dan Quayle. Quayle’s preceding remark in the debate actually had not… Continue Reading  

Catherine Ashton’s Iran Legacy

by Eldar Mamedov The EU will usher in a new foreign policy chief come November. The anti-Kremlin Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski has already expressed his desire to take on Catherine Ashton’s position as High Representative of the Union for Foreign… Continue Reading  

Congress and Attempts to Kill the Iran Deal

by Paul R. Pillar* Those who want permanent pariahdom for Iran and thus oppose any agreement with the government in Tehran keep looking for ways to use the U.S. Congress to sabotage the deal that has been under negotiation in… Continue Reading  

Will a Reassuring IAEA Picture Influence US-Iran Negotiations?

by Peter Jenkins The latest report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), issued on May 23, suggests a determined and so far impressive effort by Iran to dispel suspicion of its nuclear intentions. Tehran is complying fully with its… Continue Reading