February 6, 2013

For Iran, All Nuclear Politics Is Local

Ali Reza Eshraghi, The National

AP Photo

Given the political and economic upheaval in Iran, the United States may consider itself in a position of strength and continue to pressure the regime on unilateral concessions. However, the problem for the Islamic regime, and particularly for Ayatollah Khamenei, is that such concessions might risk domestic dissent. Historically, the national narrative has been about independence and sovereignty - especially relative to the United States. The discourse of freedom and democracy comes second. Iran's negotiators can easily be goaded into taking a hard line.

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Ali Khamenei, Iran


February 5, 2013
Stop Blaming Iran Threats on Mistranslated Farsi
Douglas Murray, WSJ
Diplomats still think the answer to the nuclear standoff is to talk to Tehran. Perhaps because they don't believe what the regime says. more ››
February 1, 2013
Lebanon First Act of Iran-Israel War
Jonathan Schanzer, Globe & Mail
“Do you remember South Lebanon? All of Lebanon is now South Lebanon.” These were the words of a senior Israeli official in a closed-door meeting in Jerusalem on Tuesday, just hours before Israel warplanes attacked a truck... more ››
February 1, 2013
Time for U.S. to Accept Iranian Power
Flynt & Hillary Leverett, Reuters
For its own interests, Washington must take a fundamentally different approach. President Obama needs to realign U.S. relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran as thoroughly as President Nixon realigned relations with the... more ››
Rapidly escalating incidents of malevolent cyber espionage and crime have been attributed to Iran, using state-sponsored hacker teams to target government, defence, business and human rights organisations for intelligence and... more ››
February 4, 2013
Israel and Assad Raise Stakes on Syria
Roula Khalaf, Financial Times
A regionalisation of the conflict looks increasingly impossible to prevent because there is no end in sight for Syria's war. Even if Mr Assad falls in the next few months (and he could last much longer) the damage his brutality... more ››