Nuclear Card Versus Oil Card: Iran and the Oil Conspiracy
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
Notwithstanding the current oil price crisis precipitated by a confluence of economic, political, and geostrategic factors, Iran's President Dr. Hassan Rouhani has lashed out at the "conspiracy" and "treachery" of certain countries, adding that "Iran and people of the region will not forget such conspiracies."
Hawks Misread the Nuclear Talk “Extension”
Monday, December 15, 2014
In short, AIPAC’s call on Congress to take up new legislation against Iran and the hawks’ campaign to impose new sanctions during the course of the extension are nothing short of urging Congress to commit an illegal act.
The Geneva Deal as ‘soft law’ International Agreement
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
One of the ironies of the Iran nuclear negotiations is the stark contrast between the serious international attention paid to the Geneva “interim” agreement known as ‘Joint Plan of Action’ and the relatively casual, or better said insignificant, legal importance attached to it. The time to bridge this huge gap has come and that requires debunking the indefensible and faulty interpretations of the agreement.
Are US Sanctions an Obstacle to a Nuclear Agreement?
Thursday, December 11, 2014
In ‘Iran should accept US Presidential Waiver’, posted on Iran Review on 27 November, Dr. Kaveh Afrasiabi cast doubt on the validity of points I had made earlier that week in a LobeLog post. In my post I suggested that a major obstacle to the reaching of a comprehensive agreement on 24 November had been the inability of US negotiators to convince Iranian negotiators that President Obama could guarantee the repeal or amendment of sanctions legislation by Congress, or that a future President would exercise waiver authorities.
Lessons of the Nuclear Diplomacy Conference
Saturday, December 6, 2014
On December 2, 2014, Iranian Political Science Association (IPSA) held its annual conference on Nuclear Diplomacy in Allameh Tabatabai University in Tehran. Foreign Minister Dr. Javad Zarif attended the conference and addressed the audience, mostly consisted of Iran’s Political Science and IR community.
The Oil War II and How Iran Can Strike Back
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
We are now in the middle of an undeclared “oil war" led by Iran's traditional nemesis in the region, Saudi Arabia, which is singularly responsible for last week's OPEC impasse over the need to curtail production. Widely interpreted in the Western media as Saudi Arabia's 'gift' to the Americans to hit Russia and Iran with it as a potent weapon in the Ukraine and nuclear crises, the so-called "oil card" has resulted in the steep decline of oil prices since June, 2014, coinciding with the Saudis' other "ISIS card" that began to wreak havoc in Iraq around the same time.
US Congress and the Iran nuclear Deal
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Republicans can try to derail the negotiations, but overturning foreign policy presidential vetoes in US has been very rare and such a move has its downside.
Make the Deal: Do Not Wait for A Non-Existent Perfect Deal
Thursday, November 20, 2014
We have a few days left to the final day (Nov. 24 target date) of this round of negotiations between Iran and 5+1 countries. There are some contradictory messages from both sides, some of which are unsettling. It seems that both sides are trying to get the last ounces of advantage from the other side, which is unfortunate. Both sides have been treating these negotiations as if they were zero-sum games, they are not.
How Iran and World Powers Can Reach Nuclear Deal
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Seyed Hossein Mousavian
The ninth round of talks between Iran and the so-called P5+1 group of world powers ended on Tuesday without a breakthrough to seal a deal over Iran's nuclear programme ahead of a 24 November deadline.