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How to Strike Final Nuclear Deal with Iran on Time
Friday, July 3, 2015

Seyed Hossein Mousavian
With the July 9th, the real deadline for the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 rapidly approaching, the critics of the Lausanne Nuclear Framework Agreement in Washington and Tehran have stepped up their criticisms. The foreign ministers of world powers are set to nail down the nuclear accord they hope will end a 13-year standoff with Iran by June 30th while major differences remain.

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Flight 655, the United States, and the Iranian “Other”
Friday, July 3, 2015

Hossein Nazari
The downing of Flight 655 is only one, among many, historical testaments to the United States’ supremacist views towards Iran and goes a long way towards clarifying why Iran has a hard time trusting its western counterparts, especially the U.S., in the ongoing nuclear negotiations.  Even though it may be no more than a long-forgotten episode in the U.S. history, more than a quarter-century later, the tragic memory of the Flight 655 is etched on the memory of many Iranians.

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A Mutually Acceptable Nuclear Deal Entails Compromises by Iran and West
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Farhang Jahanpour
Professor Farhang Jahanpour from Oxford University’s Faculty of Oriental Studies says that a “mutually acceptable” nuclear deal necessitates compromises by Iran and the Western countries in the 5+1 group.

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Nuclear Deal After the Deadline
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
We are now at a critical decision moment in the nuclear talks and with sufficient political will and prudent diplomacy on the part of negotiating parties, we are likely to witness a historic breakthrough that will hopefully spell the end of the oppressive and unjust sanctions on Iran and the onset of a brand new chapter in Iran's relations with the Western world.

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The War that Haunts Iran’s Negotiators
Sunday, June 28, 2015

Robin Wright
The historic nuclear diplomacy taking place in Vienna’s elegant Coburg Palace has roots in a gritty war between Iran and Iraq that ended more than a quarter of a century ago. Iran suffered more than a hundred and fifty thousand dead between 1980 and 1988. In Tehran, it’s called the Sacred Defense. In the final stages, U.S. aid to Iraq contributed to Iran’s decision to pursue nuclear capability—the very program that six world powers are now negotiating to contain.

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Yemen: No Round Table Negotiations Yet
Sunday, June 21, 2015

René Wadlow
As bombs continued to fall on Yemen, there were the start of indirect contacts among some of the parties in the Yemen conflict in Geneva, facilitated by the UN-appointed envoy on Yemen, the Mauritanian diplomat Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed. There was a hope among some of the United Nations secretariat that the talks coming at the start of the month of Ramadan could lead to a ceasefire, at least for part of the month. As a symbol, the Ramadan period could serve as a time of peace, brotherhood and other good things. However, symbols also have to correspond in some way to material realities.

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An Overstretched Hezbollah Facing an Israeli Preemptive Strike?
Friday, June 19, 2015

Shahir ShahidSaless
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah says his group is currently involved in an "existential battle" against insurgents inside Syria. While reports maintain that Hezbollah is currently winning the decisive battle in Qalamoun, on the Lebanese eastern border, analysts believe they are showing signs of being stretched thin. This situation can only worsen, as the group plans to expand and intensify its operations deep inside Syria, from the Lebanon-Syria border as far as Aleppo.

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Deconstructing Senator Corker's Letter to Obama
Thursday, June 18, 2015

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
U.S. Senator Bob Corker, who heads the powerful Foreign Relations Committee, has narrated a new letter to President Obama, which accuses the administration of making far-reaching concessions to Iran in the nuclear talks and deviating from the supposedly initial plan of "dismantling Iran's nuclear program.

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The U.S. Must Stop Enabling Israel
Thursday, June 18, 2015

Alon Ben-Meir
The U.S. ought to be clear by explaining to the Israeli public in particular that time is running out. If Israel continues to build new and expand existing settlements, it will seriously and rapidly erode the prospect of a two-state solution.

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Implications of the Nuclear Deal with Iran
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Seyed Hossein Mousavian
On April 2, 2015--Iran and the P5+1 reached a framework agreement that ensures intrusive transparency and confidence building measures on Iran’s nuclear program in return for a lifting of all nuclear-related sanctions and respecting the legitimate rights of Iran for enrichment, with continued talks until the June 30 deadline toward a comprehensive deal. This initial agreement is a positive step toward ending 12 years of contention over Iran’s nuclear program.

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