Forget about Compromises, It’s Capitulation that US Wants from Iran
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Nothing new in the US foreign policy thinking. If there is a dialogue, then it is conducted from the position of strength, direct dictate and threats. The widely publicized diplomatic efforts of President Obama aimed at putting an end to confrontation with Tehran still pursue the very same goal – it’s nor a compromise that is expected from Tehran, but rather complete capitulation.
Israel’s ‘Protective Edge’: Why Now?
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
A new Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip, not the first and won’t be the last if the political equation in that region does not change. Throughout the previous aggressions Israel launched on the Gaza strip, several military goals were declared. This time, “Protective Edge” operation comes in a different context, with new domestic, regional and international circumstances. These conditions, by and large, are more prosaic and complex that have been key elements in determining Israel’s goals from this operation, as part of a larger strategy that goes beyond the war itself.
Chances for Iran-US Collaboration in Iraq
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Kayhan Barzegar explains why it is so unlikely for the U.S. and Iran to work together to confront the current crisis in Iraq. Such narrow cooperation, Barzegar writes, would threaten the delicate political balance that Iran seeks to maintain in the region. In order for a coordinated effort to work, he argues, the U.S. would need to focus on the broader problem of Sunni extremism and bring its own regional partners into the process.
US and Iran Security Cooperation Could Help Save Iraq
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Seyed Hossein Mousavian
Syria and Iraq are spiraling into total chaos and appear headed toward a Somalia-style failed state run by warlords and a haven for extremist terrorist groups. The deep fear, as expressed by US President Barack Obama June 22, is that the militants that have seized territories in Iraq and Syria, if not confronted, will grow in power. In such an eventuality, logic suggests that the menace may spill over into other countries, not unlike the way Syria’s unrest spread into Iraq, destabilizing the whole region.
What Stands Between Iran, P5+1 and A Final Deal
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
The sixth round of nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers started in Vienna on July 2. This round, which is the last in the run-up to the July 20 deadline for a final accord, is the most sensitive stage in the talks.
Iraqi Turmoil And the Global Oil Market
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
One game changer in the market could be a possible warming between Iran and the U.S, and a general thaw in relations between Tehran and the West. Iranian oil production and exports have been hit hard by sanctions. Any positive strategy toward Iran could bring investors back to Iran. That could, potentially, allow the market to count on Iranian resources to offset any supply interruption both in the short and the long term.
Should U.S. Work with Iran in Iraq?
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
To work with Iran or not to work with Iran? That’s the question dogging Washington as Iraq descends into chaos, reminding America that its mission there was never truly accomplished.
Iranian Scientific Review of Timeline of Hypothetical Breakout
Thursday, June 19, 2014
A new scientific review prepared by the Iranian outlet NuclearEnergy.ir offers fresh insight into the timeline of a hypothetical Iranian breakout. The report comes amid fresh bilateral talks between Iran and the United States as well as other members of the P5+1 (Russia, France and Germany). It offers detailed step-by-step calculations of Iranian capabilities in terms of breakout. The report also features detailed infographics outlining both the uranium and plutonium routes to a bomb, along with respective steps and timelines.
Pivot to Persia
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Iraq is disintegrating. Syria is in flames. Pakistan is on the verge of becoming a failed state. The Taliban is making a comeback in Afghanistan. Libya is falling apart. The House of Saud is nervous about a potentially existential succession crisis. In this region, Iran looks like an island of stability.