December 21, 2012

Iran's Conservatives Push for a Deal

Ray Takeyh, The National Interest

AP Photo

As Washington contemplates another round of diplomacy with Iran, an intense debate is gripping the Islamic Republic’s corridors of power. An influential and growing segment of Iran’s body politic is calling for a negotiated settlement of the nuclear issue. Such calls have transcended the circle of reformers and liberals and are increasingly being voiced by conservative oligarchs. In the midst of this melodrama stands the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, whose instincts for resistance are being challenged by some of his loyal supporters.

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Ali Khamenei, Iran

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

December 18, 2012
Iran in 2013: Three Possible Crises
Mark Katz, CNN
In addition to its ongoing economic problems, which are unlikely to be overcome next year, there are three potential crises that could affect Iran in 2013. One is the possibility of public unrest concerning the succession to... more ››
December 11, 2012
Getting Iran Right This Time Around
Abbas Milani, Hoover Institution
Dear President Obama: Congratulations on winning a second term. Iran, as you have often said, will present a major challenge to your foreign policy in the coming months. Two follies have long haunted US policy on Iran. Some... more ››
December 11, 2012
Iran's Ballistic Missile Program (PDF)
Congressional Research Service
Iran has long been a source of concern for the United States and other countries because its goals are at odds with core U.S. objectives in the Middle East. Although it is not certain that Iran has made the decision to develop... more ››
December 10, 2012
The Coming Clash over Iran
Allison & Feldman, National Interest
The Obama administration and the Netanyahu government were largely on the same page during the Gaza crisis, and the two country’s leaders seemed to be able to set aside their mutual animosity and distrust, working together to... more ››
December 11, 2012
Iran Is the Source of Mideast Strife
Mitchell Belfer, National Review
The victims of the latest Israel–Gaza flare-up have been buried, the wounded treated, and the damage totaled up. As the consequences of the conflict are being dealt with, it is now time to address the causes. There is a... more ››