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A dangerous deal on Iran

A dangerous deal on Iran Categories: International Security, Iran, Israel, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The world is overwhelmingly united in agreeing on a number of points about the decades-old Iranian nuclear crisis. One is that Iran cannot be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons capabilities, in violation of both the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and six legally-binding United Nations Security Cou

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Rouhani: Ruse or Strategic Rethink?

Rouhani: Ruse or Strategic Rethink? Categories: Iran, Israel     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had led an international charm offensive since his election in June. There is no doubt that his diplomatic style - and that of those he has chosen to work with him, especially soft-spoken Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif with his impeccable English - is

A Friendly Disagreement

A Friendly Disagreement Categories: Iran, Israel, United States     Author: Amos Yadlin

The dispute between Israel and the United States on the Iranian nuclear challenge emerged this week from behind closed doors and became an open conflict waged on television. Israel and the US share the strategic goal of preventing Iran's attainment of nuclear weapons. Both countries agree that only

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Editorial: Back from the Brink? Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The recent disagreement between Israel and the United States over the parameters of an interim Iranian nuclear deal is significant, but its importance should also not be exaggerated. The Israeli position on the diplomatic next step - as outlined by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu - and the attitu

Pause for a rethink will help West

Pause for a rethink will help West Categories: International Security, Iran, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

US Secretary of State John Kerry and his colleagues among the P5+1 powers who are involved in nuclear negotiations with Iran are in full agreement: striking a bad deal in an attempt to curb Iran's illegal nuclear program would be worse than making no deal at all. This certainly applies to interim d

Almost a nuclear deal in Geneva?

Almost a nuclear deal in Geneva? Categories: International Security, Iran, Updates    

As readers are probably aware, in last weeks Geneva talks between the "P5+1" (US, UK, France, Russia, China and Germany) and Iran, the parties at one point appeared close to an interim agreement, with Foreign Ministers flying in to join the talks, but then broke up without re

Media Microscope: Rouhani Roulette Categories: Iran, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

Although Iran's new President, the avuncular Hassan Rouhani, received sympathetic coverage following his star turn at the United Nations in late-September, there was a multiplicity of views on the significance of this new face of the Iranian regime.

Behind Rouhani's charm offensive

Behind Rouhani's charm offensive Categories: International Security, Iran, United States     Author: Michael Segall

In mid-October, a further round of talks began between Iran and the West. Unlike in earlier rounds, this time there have been direct negotiations between the United States and Iran, occurring behind the scenes of the talks between Iran and the P5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Securit

Deal or No Deal?

Deal or No Deal? Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Ron Ben Yishai

Washington and Jerusalem's initial assessments regarding Teheran's intentions were correct. The partial information coming in following the negotiations in Geneva on October 15 and 16 indicates that the current Iranian leadership is in fact proposing a valid deal on its nuclear program... Iran prese

Editorial: The Iranian charm offensive Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Colin Rubenstein

There is a definite international diplomatic buzz over new proposals floated at October's P5+1 talks in Geneva aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear program. The Islamic Republic's PR makeover, which began with the election of Hassan Rouhani in June and continued with a charm offensive at the UN General A

Toward a viable Iran nuclear deal

Toward a viable Iran nuclear deal Categories: International Security, Iran, Updates    

A round of talks in Geneva about Iran's nuclear program Tuesday and Wednesday ended with the Western powers reporting some progress, and plans made for additional talks early next month  after Iran gave a Powerpoint presentation whose exact content is unknown but which I

Looking beyond Rouhani's charm offensive

Looking beyond Rouhani's charm offensive Categories: Iran, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Since Iranian President Hassan Rouhani came to power in June, he has led a charm offensive aimed at breaking the coordinated Western front of sanctions and diplomatic isolation designed to halt Iran's clandestine nuclear program - which the International Atomic Energy Agency and others believe appea

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