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JCPOA Shows the Power of Persistent Multilateral Diplomacy
Friday, July 29, 2016

Lassina Zerbo
Iran signed the CTBT on the first day it opened (24 September 1996) and has shown support for the Treaty. Iran also actively participates in the Member States discussions in Vienna. In this context, the JCPOA was a big step in the right direction, as it showed the power of persistent multilateral diplomacy and also brought Iran closer to its partners in the region and globally. Ratification of the CTBT would be a powerful and definitive response to skeptics who worry about Iran’s nuclear ambitions after the deal expires.

US Administration Failed to Enable Iran to Access Its Oil Revenues
Monday, July 25, 2016

Peter Jenkins
More blameworthy is the administration's failure to enable Iran to access previously frozen oil revenues. Easy solutions to this problem have been on hand. The administration has lacked the political will to implement one of them. Perhaps it will find the will after November's US elections. The Joint Commission can be used to discuss and find solutions to implementation issues. These banking issues seem to me ripe for submission to the Joint Commission. Only good can come of that.

Undermining JCPOA Not in Best Interest of Any Party
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Pierre Goldschmidt
The JCPOA will survive any political storm as long as it is in every party's best interest to pursue its full implementation. The future is unpredictable but as of today I can't see which state-party could reasonably have a real interest in scuttling the deal during the coming 9 years, even if opposition groups will likely try to undermine its implementation.

ISIS, An Important Wake-up Call about Arab World's Problems and Deficiencies
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Rami Khouri
Mr. Khouri believes the rise of ISIS is a wake-up call about the growth of a set of alarming problems and deficiencies across the Arab world including environmental, historical, political and social issues: “Almost every dimension of life in many, many Arab countries has real problems and the result is what we see today: migration, illegal refugees, terrorism, Islamic State, etc., and some countries have been in active warfare for four, five years non-stop. So, there’s a real problem in the Arab world and we see it everywhere.”

Peter Jenkins: This American Rose Is Sick
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Peter Jenkins
The former Britain’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency says perhaps time has come for Iran to lodge a complaint about the U.S. non-cooperation to the dispute settlement committee which the JCPOA has stipulated for cases when a party to the deal feels one or more other parties are not delivering on their commitments.

US Changing Political Stance on Iran
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Mohammad Farhad Koleini
Iran is an island of stability and the United States’ forced retreat through such superficial behaviors will not have good consequences. The necessity to redefine the region should be pursued through good focus and suitable understanding of Iran. The “power and security inertia” is very high in this region. If a serious and dominant view manages to rectify behaviors both in public spaces and in the field of economy, then production of new capacities can be taken into consideration. Today, many economists and geopolitical experts are talking about the necessity of offering an economic model for the geopolitical conditions of the region and we know that they know that this model cannot be formulated in the absence of Iran. 

Win-Win Solution for Syria Requires All Actors to Make Painful Compromises
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Joost Hiltermann
A win-win solution would require all key stakeholders to make some very painful compromises while retaining their core interests. Since the latter diverge so much, and there are so many actors involved, I think this would be extremely difficult, if not completely impossible.  

Key Reasons for Spread of Extremism in Middle East
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Jeffrey Haynes
I think that the actions of the West over the last 15 years have not been helpful and I think the key reason for the spread of these extremist groups in the Middle East more generally is the failure of governments to rule well; the failure of local governments to rule well and to rule wisely. And very often, these governments have corrupt totalitarian systems without any legitimate interaction between populations and the government. So, the West has a role to play in blame, but I see it as largely coming from domestic factors which have encouraged state failure. 

Iran Nuclear Deal is One of the Most Positive Signs in the Whole Region
Saturday, May 14, 2016

John Alderdice
On the prospects of Iran-UK relations, Mr. Alderdice says he has been encouraging collaboration and the improvement of bilateral ties between the two countries and hopes Iran and Britain can work together as two committed business partners, even though they can “disagree respectfully” on matters of contention. He noted that even though Tehran and London have been successful in diffusing tensions, there are people in Britain who don’t understand the diversity and “depth of culture and intellectual power” in Iran and still push for enmity with the Islamic Republic groundlessly.

US - Saudi Relationship: Toxic Legacy of the Cold War
Sunday, May 8, 2016

Tim Anderson
Prof. Anderson is skeptical of the U.S.-Saudi collaboration in Syria and considers it a “toxic legacy” of the Cold War days: “The relationship between the Al Saud family and Washington is a toxic legacy of the Cold War, passed on by the British, who had learned “divide and rule” from the Romans. The Saudis are a family, not a nation, and it is surprising that their family business is recognized as a state in today’s world.”