Iran Nuclear Talks: Reading the Tea Leaves

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by François Nicoullaud Secretary of State John Kerry has a hectic traveling schedule, and this month’s itinerary has been particularly focused on doing everything to ensure a good deal with Iran over its nuclear program is achieved by the deadline of… Continue Reading  

Moscow and the Iranian-American Courtship

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by Mark N. Katz The prospects for improved ties between Washington and Tehran have dramatically increased since Hassan Rouhani replaced Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president of Iran in August 2013. This has made several parties quite nervous, including American conservatives (who… Continue Reading  

Obama and Putin: Co-Dependent on Syria

by Mark N. Katz The international relations of the Syrian conflict has taken center stage in recent days. President Obama first announced that he would launch a military strike against Syria in response to the Assad regime’s use of chemical… Continue Reading  

Syria: With Russia in the Lead, Vigilance Required

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by Wayne White The main objective of the Russian chemical weapons (CW) initiative this week was to steer the US away from military action in Syria that might weaken the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Although Moscow also is concerned about… Continue Reading  

Kerry Gaffe on Syria Takes on Life of its Own

Kerry And Hagel Testify At Senate Hearing On Use Of Force Against Syria

by Jasmin Ramsey You’re no doubt aware by now of a proposal by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for Syria to hand over its (still only accidentally acknowledged) chemical weapons to international control, which his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Moualem said Syria “welcomes”. Syrian… Continue Reading