No changes in Iran-US relations expected until after Iranian election

This week Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton indicated they wanted talks with Iran to resume even as the US’s dual-track policy of pressure and diplomacy (translation: more sanctions) continues: HIGH REPRESENTATIVE ASHTON: As you know, in New… Continue Reading  

Experts: Progress in Iran Nuclear Talks requires flexibility, creativity

“There is the possibility of progress in the next round [of Iran nuclear talks], but it’s going to require that both sides be more flexible and a little more creative,” says the Arms Control Association’s Daryl Kimball in an interview with the… Continue Reading  

Finally an Opportunity for a Real Campaign Conversation on Iran

Sunday’s New York Times story that the US and Iran have agreed in principle to direct bilateral negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program provides opportunity for a more honest conversation on Iran than the presidential candidates have had so far. Well,… Continue Reading  

Mousavian: Use Nixonian Realism with Iran

The former ambassador and key Iranian nuclear negotiator, Seyed Hossein Mousavian, writes: The United States and Iran should aim for the kind of sustained and comprehensive talks that have not been seen for the last three decades. It would be prudent… Continue Reading  

David Ignatius: Seeking to Cool War Fever over Iran

In March, the Washington Post’s David Ignatius suggested that sanctions and “covert actions” should be used to “sink” the Iranian government rather than bombs. Six months later, Ignatius — like Dennis Ross and Jeffrey Goldberg — is offering suggestions for slowing Israel’s… Continue Reading