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Opening the 'Black Box' of Geneva Agreement’s Legal Status
Sunday, November 30, 2014

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
The latest 7-month extension of the Geneva “interim” agreement has infuriated some hawkish members of US Congress, who have threatened to pass new Iran sanctions bills in the near future. Should this happen, then the US lawmakers would be putting the US at odds not only with Iran but also with the international norms and laws, notwithstanding Article 18 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties which requires a state “to refrain from acts which could defeat the object and purpose of a treaty before its entry to force by that state.”

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Iran and Seven-Month Extension of Nuclear Talks
Sunday, November 30, 2014

Mahmoud Reza Golshanpazhooh
The breathtaking marathon of Iran's nuclear talks [with the P5+1 group] stopped in the Austrian capital, Vienna, but not as a finishing line before going back to the past situation. It is, however, more similar to a short rest taken before negotiations begin again, which this time will continue until July 1, 2015. Although Iranian officials held high expectations about this round of negotiations to reach a final deal, many people, especially experts in foreign policy knew that the possibility of achieving a comprehensive nuclear agreement was meager.

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Nuclear Agreement Instrumental to Solve Middle East Problems
Sunday, November 30, 2014

Abdolreza Ghofrani
To maintain the stability and security of Middle East it is expected that all countries in this region (except Israel whose policies are well known to all and only wants to create turmoil and crises for using it to its benefits) take a realistic and collaborative policies to resolve the problems that is possible today because tomorrow it may be too late. Certainly Iran and 5+1 nuclear agreement will not be against the interest of any country and merely serve the peace and stability of the region.

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Iran Should Accept US Presidential Waiver
Thursday, November 27, 2014

Kaveh Afrasiabi
Taking all the delicate, legally-sensitive, issues into consideration, the logical decision by Iran is to set aside its hesitations with respect to the US executive branch's delicacies and simply push for a formal multilateral agreement that would be recognized as a treaty under the Vienna law of treaties, instead of a murky 'plan of action' lacking a firm legal status, and limit its request that the US like the other state parties to the agreement formally signs it.

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Another Missed Opportunity
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Kaveh Afrasiabi
In historical retrospect, future historians may well regard the latest failure to reach a final-status nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers as a splendid though unfortunate example of 'missed opportunity'.

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Three Possible Scenarios for Iran's Nuclear Talks
Monday, November 24, 2014

Tayebeh Mohammadikia
Iran's nuclear negotiations have reached their sensitive stage. Now, the time is ripe to review future prospects of these negotiations more accurately and talk about the final outcome of the nuclear talks with more precision. However, the way ahead is still surrounded by ambiguity and problems. Under the present circumstances, analysts focusing on these negotiations are faced with three main assumptions: inability of the two sides to reach an agreement, achievement of a final agreement, and finally, further extension of the negotiations.

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Iran Nuclear Talks and US - India Deal: A Comparison
Saturday, November 22, 2014

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
As the clock winds down to the deadline, the US negotiators would be well-advised to take another look at the process of negotiations with India and their predecessors' last minute flexibility, otherwise they must deal with the unwanted consequence of failure and a nuclear crisis that is up for grabs for a mutually-satisfactory win-win resolution.

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Nuclear Talks, An Opportunity for West to Accept Iran's Regional Power
Friday, November 21, 2014

Reza Jalali
It would be apparently more realistic to admit that Iran will be able to achieve a lasting agreement (which is more important than a comprehensive one) with other negotiating parties only if it is able to forge a kind of balance among all political powers that are involved in the country’s nuclear case. Therefore, the country should make up its mind and make the best of the existing political conditions in the region and the world.

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Opportunities That May Not Come by Again
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Abdolreza Ghofrani
There is less than one week till the new round of nuclear talks resume between Iran and P5+1 in which a comprehensive and mutually agreed upon agreement probably will be reached. Different predictions, sometimes being contradicted, have so far been made and still are going on. Through the last round of negotiations in Muscat in previous week the comments, analyses and reports on this issue had reached its peak, because there was the probability that Muscat talks would lay fair and proper grounds for the comprehensive agreement on 24 November.

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US Congress Elections and Iran's Nuclear Talks
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Hassan Beheshtipour
It seems that even under the current circumstances, if Obama managed to clinch a nuclear deal with Iran, he would still be able to get it through the Congress. This may seem truer when taking into account that during the past 10 months, Iran has taken all practical measures needed as per the interim nuclear deal reached between the two sides in the Swiss city of Geneva last November and has, thus, proven that is it committed to observing its obligations.

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