Iran UN Nominee a Non-Issue
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Robert E. Hunter
Even the most serious issues can have lighter — not to say ludicrous — moments. Such is the case of Ambassador Hamid Aboutalebi, the man whom the Iranian government designated as its Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York.
Russia, Crises in Syria and Ukraine, and the Future of the International System
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Since the new idea of Boris Yeltsin to develop an all-conclusive convergence with the Western world failed and the Kosovo crisis put the final nail in the coffin of the foreign policy rationale of Gorbachev, a fresh line of thought based on the theory of structural realism has formed in Moscow, which can be defined by the statement: “Russia as a great power in a multipolar international system.” Based on this statement, Russia should guarantee this role through economic and industrial reconstruction and regional institutionalism in Central Eurasia.
The Ukraine Crisis: A Game-Changer in the Global Energy Market?
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The tension between Russia and the West, and particularly the European Union, over Crimea has once again raised questions over the security of energy supplies and the use of energy as a tool of foreign policy and diplomacy. On the one hand, energy exports are a vital source of income for Russia. On the other hand, its massive energy resources and supply dominance in the EU have deterred the EU and US from sanctioning the Russian energy sector.
Iran's Nuclear Program: Status and Prospects for the P5+1 Negotiations
Monday, April 7, 2014
All of the speculation that Iran may be using their nuclear energy program in order to generate nuclear weapons has been completely and utterly well disproven. Certainly there's no evidence at all that there is such a thing as a nuclear weapons program in Iran. No intelligence agency anywhere in the world has been able to definitively demonstrate that they have evidence that there is such a nuclear weapons program. So Iran is being accused of something for which there is no evidence and being asked to essentially prove a negative, to prove that they are not doing something. And that's logically impossible.
An Acceptable Nuclear Deal With Iran
Sunday, April 6, 2014
A new Brookings Institution paper, “Preventing a Nuclear-Armed Iran,” has rightly attracted considerable attention. The author, Robert Einhorn, has a distinguished record and was Special Adviser for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control at the State Department from 2009 to 2013. His recommendations must be seen as authoritative.
Undercutting the Iran Nuclear Talks
Sunday, April 6, 2014
The nuclear talks hold open the only way out of the dilemma. To close it off by taking the advice of those who have been wrong about almost every Middle East matter of consequence would be tragic. The United States cannot rule the affairs of the globe through diktat and ukase. Success is not a creature of American will alone. That simple but basic truth seemingly cannot penetrate the minds of people too long addicted to a mythic view of American identity and mission.
The Emerging Pakistani Factor in the Iran Nuclear Equation
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
Kaveh Afrasiabi writes that increasing tension in the Iranian-Pakistani relationship could have a negative impact on nuclear negotiations. As mistrust grows between Iran and their nuclear neighbor, Afrasiabi argues that P5+1 negotiators should bring considerations of Iran's regional security into on-going talks.
Why the Saudis Are Panicking
Friday, April 4, 2014
US-Iranian diplomacy may lead to the unchaining of Iran. Tehran might break out of its isolation, be rehabilitated into the region’s political and economic structures, which in turn can enable it to legitimize its geopolitical gains in the region. A new regional order may emerge, one in which Washington will quietly accept Iran’s advances.
The Follies of Santorum's Hitler Analogy
Thursday, April 3, 2014
The recent op-ed by Rick Santorum and Joel C. Rosenberg is yet another attempt to stymie and shackle Iran and international negotiators in ongoing talks about Iran's peaceful nuclear program.