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Essay: Why does Iran want nuclear weapons?

Essay: Why does Iran want nuclear weapons? Categories: International Security, Iran, Terrorism     Author: Emanuele Ottolenghi

During the past decade, Western diplomats have been engaged in protracted negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran over its nuclear program. Though a deal remains elusive, Western policymakers remain adamant that an agreement is possible. Much of their optimism is driven by a willingness to te

Latest Iran Nuclear Talks

Latest Iran Nuclear Talks Categories: International Security, Iran, Updates    

The latest round of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 (US, UK, France, Russia, China and Germany) ended yesterday, with little sign the gaps between the parties were narrowed significantly though it was reported the ongoing building of the Arak heavy water reactor - which w

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Intelligence and the Iranian nuclear program

Intelligence and the Iranian nuclear program Categories: Iran, Updates    

With nuclear talks between Iran and the "P5+1" (US, UK, France, Russia, China and Germany) set to resume next week, and Iran provocatively testing ballistic missiles in the meantime, this Update deals with verification concerns that are likely to plague the current 6-month interim

'Moderation' screen hides reality of Iran

'Moderation' screen hides reality of Iran Categories: Iran, Op-eds     Author: Or Avi-Guy

TO the naive observer, it might seem Iran's relations with the international community are on the right track; under the leadership of an apparently more moderate president, Hassan Rouhani. An interim action plan regarding Iran's nuclear program was reached and further negotiations are taking place

Iran and the State of the Union

Iran and the State of the Union Categories: Iran, Syria, United States, Updates    

Today’s Update looks at some initial reactions to US President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, which he delivered before Congress earlier today. (The full text of the President’s remarks can be found here.) Of particular interest to our readers would be two

The China Syndrome

The China Syndrome Categories: China, International Security, Iran     Author: Gordon G. Chang

In November, immediately after the announcement that Iran had reached a deal with Western negotiators concerning its nuclear program, China's former ambassador to Teheran, Hua Liming, made the case that Beijing - not the American Secretary of State John Kerry or the European Union envoy Catherine As

Too many chances for abuse in Iran deal

Too many chances for abuse in Iran deal Categories: International Security, Iran, Op-eds     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

THE six-month interim nuclear deal reached between Iran and the US-led P5+1 powers - US, UK, France, Russia, China and Germany - in Geneva in late November finally came into effect yesterday. But now the really hard part begins. If the six-month deal does not lead in the end to the kind of agreemen

Geneva: Beyond the Hype

Geneva: Beyond the Hype Categories: International Security, Iran, Israel, United States     Author: Robert Satloff

The blockbuster nuclear deal reached early on the morning of Nov. 24 in Geneva between Iran and the US-led coalition is both less and more consequential than early reports suggested. And there is a good chance that its real value - whether it prevents Iran's nuclear ambitions or inadvertently opens

Europa Europa: Going Swedish?

Europa Europa: Going Swedish? Categories: Europe, International Security, Iran, United States     Author: Douglas Davis

From Israel to Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the myriad Gulf statelets, the perception that Washington has thrown in its lot with the Iranian-led Shia world - Syria and Hezbollah, plus Iraq - is unmistakable. That might not have been Obama's intention, but in such matters, percepti

Scribblings: Nuclear Sophistry

Scribblings: Nuclear Sophistry Categories: International Security, Iran, Israel     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

When debating policy on Iran's illegal nuclear program, one argument that always gets raised is the supposed "double standard" of forcing Iran to give up its efforts to build nuclear weapons when Israel is believed to have nuclear weapons capabilities. Morally, the question is not that hard to addr

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