Iran Should Accept US Presidential Waiver
Thursday, November 27, 2014
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.
Another Missed Opportunity
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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'.
Three Possible Scenarios for Iran's Nuclear Talks
Monday, November 24, 2014
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.
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.
Nuclear Talks, An Opportunity for West to Accept Iran's Regional Power
Friday, November 21, 2014
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.
Opportunities That May Not Come by Again
Thursday, November 20, 2014
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.
US Congress Elections and Iran's Nuclear Talks
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
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.
In Nuclear Talks, Opportunities Must Be Seized
Saturday, November 8, 2014
The new round of tripartite nuclear talks between Iran Foreign Minister, US Secretary of State and EU Chief Negotiator is scheduled to be held tomorrow 9 November 2014 in Muscat, the capital city of Sultanate of Oman. This new round of negotiations is pretty important because of having two dimensions.
Comprehensive Nuclear Deal, a “Big Bang” in Iran-West Relations
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Many observers really believe that the conclusion of a comprehensive deal between the two sides will be followed by major changes in the political arrangement in the Middle East. This is why, they argue, Israel, Saudi Arabia and some other regional states are against such a deal out of their fear of the aforesaid changes. In fact, the real “big bang” will come about after the two sides have concluded the comprehensive deal.
US Elections Speeds Up Iran Negotiations
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
The Iran nuclear talks might be impacted by the results of the US mid-term congressional elections, which have resulted in the Republican Party's control of both the Senate and the House of Representatives. Although the final results of these elections are not out yet as of this writing, the mere fact that the Republican Party has picked up at least seven seats in the Senate represents a major setback for President Barack Obama and is bound to weaken his authority during the last two years of his presidency in 2015 and 2016.