Will the World Blame Iran if Nuclear Talks Fail?

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by Peter Jenkins The remarks of US Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman at a symposium in Washington, DC on Oct. 23 contained at least one very questionable assertion: “We hope the leaders in Tehran will agree to the steps… Continue Reading  

Barking Up The Wrong Tree

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by Peter Jenkins Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s statement to the UN General Assembly today leaves me feeling frustrated. There are more than 30 points in it that I would dearly love to discuss with him, either because they seem to… Continue Reading  

A Strange Way to Build Trust

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by Peter Jenkins Divining the Obama administration’s foreign policy intentions can be intellectually challenging. At the beginning of February the US Vice President appeared to be offering Iran an opportunity to enter into bilateral talks on the nuclear dispute. Three… Continue Reading  

Iran Shoots Itself in the Foot

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By Robin Yassin-Kassab In August 2012 Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi attended a meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran. His presence at the conference was something of a diplomatic victory for the Iranian leadership, whose relations with Egypt, the pivotal Arab… Continue Reading  

Can Iran’s NAM Presidency help Resolve the Nuclear Dispute?

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On 20 August Al-Monitor published a perceptive article about the upcoming Iranian three-year presidency of the Nonaligned Movement (NAM). The authors were Abbas Maleki, who was a deputy foreign minister of Iran for many years, and Kaveh Afrasiabi. One of… Continue Reading