International Interests in Middle East Security and Non-Proliferation
Sunday, December 08, 2013
Seyed Hossein Mousavian
World powers have for decades raced to dominate the Middle East and the Persian Gulf and due to its strategic location with its importance for global energy security and commerce, such rivalry will continue to attract the interest of the world powers. However, the nature of this relationship for the past decades has been challenging to the region and requires a rethinking.
Nuclear Accord between Iran and P5+1: A Victory for Diplomacy and Peace
Sunday, December 08, 2013
The preliminary agreement between Iran and the P5+1 to resolve issues related to Iran's nuclear program on November 24, 2013 was hailed as a great achievement for diplomacy around the world. Exception were some hardliners in the U.S. and Israel or certain Saudi royalties who fear that a final deal between Iran and the U.S. will end up with their friendship or even an alliance in the future; consequently accentuating Iran's geopolitical significance.
Palestine, Israel and The Jewish State
Monday, December 02, 2013
It is axiomatic that there exists a leadership that is not willing to take bold steps and cede untenable demands, a leadership that adopts only gunboat diplomacy in the starkest terms, undermining the importance of achieving peace and prevaricating its responsibilities towards it. With the Iranian nuclear file, particularly, uncertainty lingers, untoward outcomes follow and any chances for current tenuous peace talks are susceptible to utter failure.
Is Obama’s Policy of “Tough Diplomacy” Withering Away?
Sunday, December 01, 2013
A six-month accord between the P5+1 and Iran was reached on November 24, 2013, after a long and unprecedented set of negotiations. Will this accord last, and will it lead to a longer agreement? Was the deal the result of draconian sanctions imposed on Iran, as President Obama would have us believe? Was it the result of the election of President Hassan Rouhani and his promise of “constructive engagement,” as most people believe? Or could it be that President Obama’s policy toward Iran is changing?
Challenges Ahead for A Final Nuclear Deal
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Iranian-American journalist, author, and commentator Hooman Majd joins Asia Times Online contributor Kaveh L Afrasiabi to discuss the weekend international interim deal over Iran's nuclear program and the prospects for a workable final agreement that won't be derailed along the way.
Enrichment Dispute Between Iran and P5+1 Getting Resolved
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Much has been said about the differing views between the U.S. and Iran on the issue of the right to enrich. The Iranians see it as an inalienable sovereign right that precedes the Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The U.S. doesn't recognize such a right and believes states only can engage in enrichment if they are in compliance with all articles of the NPT. Accepting such a right for the U.S. is a non-starter. On the surface, their differences appear irreconcilable. But they are not.
Our Neighbors Are Our Priority
Friday, November 22, 2013
Mohamad Javad Zarif
In the past few weeks, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the P5+1 have endeavored to make use of the unique window of opportunity provided by the Iranian presidential election this past summer to resolve the nuclear issue, which has unnecessarily cast a shadow of insecurity and crisis over the region. While most in the international community welcomed this positive development, some of our friends in our immediate neighborhood have expressed concerns that this opening may be pursued at their expense.
Negotiations with Iran Show Promise, But True Test Comes Later
Thursday, November 21, 2013
After objections by France caused a momentary disruption, the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) are once again united and meeting in Geneva this week with Iranian representatives to strike a deal on Iran's nuclear program. The prospects for success appear favorable.
Most Support a Deal with Iran; Few Are Confident It’ll Work
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Nearly two-thirds of Americans support an agreement to ease economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear program. But many fewer – barely more than a third – are confident that such a deal would prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
UAE Irrelevant and Untimely Repeated Claim
Monday, November 18, 2013
As 5+1 and Islamic Republic of Iran had just wrapped up their first round of talks in Geneva and decided to continue nuclear discussions on November 20th, in Abu Dhabi, UAE Foreign Minister, irrelevantly and untimely raised the issue of the Islands in Persian Gulf.