Brussels, not Tehran, in Pompeo’s Crosshairs

by Eldar Mamedov During his trip to the Middle East the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced an international summit in Warsaw on February 13-14 to “promote freedom, peace and stability in the Middle East.” Such objectives, judging by his… Continue Reading  

Is Iran Escalating the Nuclear Issue?

by Mohammad Ali Shabani Most headlines on Iran’s launch of uranium-related sites on April 9th — its National Day of Nuclear Technology — linked it to the diplomatic deadlock in Kazakhstan. Tehran was regarded as pursuing escalation, perhaps in frustration… Continue Reading  

Recapping Iran Sanctions Logic Ahead of Talks

by Jasmin Ramsey The following quote from this Washington Post article on last week’s nuclear talks with Iran stood out despite it being a regurgitation of past statements: “I don’t want to overpromise, but we’re encouraged,” said the official, speaking to reporters… Continue Reading  

Former Hostages Call for Broadened Dialogue with Iran

by Jasmin Ramsey via IPS News On the eve of resumed talks between Iran and the P5+1 (the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China plus Germany) in Almaty, Kazakhstan over its nuclear programme, two former hostages of the U.S. embassy takeover… Continue Reading  

Low Chance for Nuclear Deal Before Iran’s 2013 Presidential Election

by Mohammad Ali Shabani After the nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 (the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany) in Moscow last June, dialogue at the senior political level was put on ice due to the American… Continue Reading