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A Proposed Two-Track Nuclear Negotiations
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
This past February, this author wrote an article for Iran Review entitled "Toward A Final Nuclear Deal or Interim II" in which I anticipated the likelihood of the absence of a long-term comprehensive deal by the end of the six months window, which has now been extended for another four months, i.e., until the end of November, 2014. This is a follow-up that focuses on the merits of a sequel "interim" agreement, in light of the distinct possibility that come November the existing gaps may still preclude a final deal, even though there is now a draft text covering all the main issues.

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Negotiation Strategy: A Legitimate Mechanism to Boost International Cooperation
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Seyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini
The issue of the Islamic Republic of Iran's nuclear energy program and allegations raised about that program by a number of international players, are among hot topics which have drawn a lot of attention, not only from political analysts and the elite, but also from the world’s public opinion.

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An Iranian View to Extension of Iran-P5+1 Nuclear Talks
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mohammad Farhad Koleini
The representatives of Iran and the member states of the P5+1 group of countries have agreed following the end of the sixth round of their nuclear talks in the Austrian city of Vienna to extend duration of negotiations for another four months, namely, up to November 24, in a bid to achieve a comprehensive agreement over Iran's nuclear energy program. To review the process of Vienna 6 nuclear negotiations, Mashregh website has conducted an interview with Mohammad Farhad Koleini, a senior expert of strategic issues.

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Extending the Nuclear Deadline: Challenges Ahead
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
With significant gaps between the position of parties still remaining, despite serious marathon negotiations unfortunately a final deal by July 20th has proved unreachable, thus necessitating the extension of that deadline, as allowed by the provisions of the Geneva 'Joint Plan of Action' singed last November. The big question is, of course, what this means in terms of the negotiation process and the vested interests of both sides, i.e., Iran on the one hand the "P5 +1" nations on the other hand?

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France Loses Chance of Cooperation with Iran by Obstructing Nuclear Deal
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Seyed Mohammad Eslami
The foreign minister of France, Laurent Fabius, has so far managed to register his name in the history of developments related to Iran's nuclear energy program. For months now, Fabius has been known to Iranians as the symbol of obstructionist efforts during Iran's nuclear talks with the P5+1 group of countries.

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Sanctions Removal or Sanctions relief? A Bridgeable Gap
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
Still, the gulf between sanctions removal and sanctions relief is not unbridgeable and the dynamism set into motion by the latter can possibly trigger the latter. This is due to the dialectic of world economy today and the momentum toward unfettered global trade with Iran, which has already caused a rift in the Western camp as the Europeans keep weary eyes on hefty US penalties for companies and banks accused of violating the sanctions.

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Final Nuclear Deal Must Recognize Iran's Rights, Take Steps to Remove Sanctions
Friday, July 4, 2014

Vahid Nouri
The representative of Iran and the member states of the P5+1 group embarked on the fifth round of their nuclear talks in the Austrian capital city of Vienna with one basic question in their minds: “Is it possible to achieve a final and comprehensive agreement before the six-month deadline for the interim Geneva agreement (which expires on July 20) is reached?” This question was posed in almost all press interviews and was part of the remarks made by representatives of both Iran and the P5+1 group.

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Strategic Notes On the Eve of Comprehensive Nuclear Agreement
Thursday, July 3, 2014

Mahdi Mohammadi
The core of any comprehensive nuclear agreement should be, firstly, complete dismantling of sanctions against Iran, and secondly, recognition of Iran's right to conduct industrial-scale enrichment of uranium on its soil.

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Why Reaching Comprehensive Agreement Is Difficult for Iran and P5+1?
Friday, June 27, 2014

Hamid Ahmadi
Perhaps, the ongoing developments in Iraq, which are characterized by rapid and yet suspicious advances of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in northern parts of the country, and daily surprises popping up in Brazil’s soccer World Cup have been able, at least temporarily, to take the developments of Ukraine and Syria out of the focus of the Iranians. However, it is certain that they cannot divert the Iranians’ attention from nuclear negotiations.

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Security Dimension Missing in Nuclear Talks
Saturday, June 14, 2014

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
The next round of multilateral talks is due in Vienna next week and compared to the previous round, when the crisis in Ukraine deflected the attentions, this time it is the dangerous developments in Iraq -- that warrant a frank security dialogue.

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