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جمهوری اسلامی ايران

Is Turkey really a member of the anti-Islamic State coalition?...(full article)

The deadline for a nuclear deal came and went Monday with no agreement - just a seven-month extension of the interim agreement. Public comments by Western and Iranian officials, as...(full article)

Stall and delay make an effective strategy for Tehran....(full article)

Deciding to extend negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program until June 2015, as the various parties have done, is far better than allowing the process to collapse. There is no sens...(full article)

Thirty-five years since Iranian radicals seized the U.S. Embassy, the Iranian message has not changed: Death to America. Death to Britain. Death to Israel. Furthermore, we cannot ...(full article)

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Iran's Female Surf Pioneers - Justin Housman, Surfer

Balochistan. The place sounds made up, like something from a terrible Borat sequel. But it’s very real, and it’s very dangerous. The New York Times recently christened ...

Do Americans Favor Iran Appeasement? - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

According to a story in the Times of Israel, the veteran analyst claims a new poll shows that 69 percent of Americans oppose a deal with Iran leaving it with nuclear capabilities. ...

U.S. Foreign Policy After Obama - Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post

As Republicans are looking to formulate a post-Obama foreign policy, they would do well to avoid Obama’s fundamental errors. Like our Western allies, Republicans must go beyo...

The Islamic State Reshapes the Middle East - George Friedman, Stratfor

The United States withdrew from Iraq hoping that Baghdad, even if unable to govern its territory with a consistent level of authority, would nevertheless develop a balance of power...

Analyzing the U.S.-Iran Impasse - David Ignatius, Washington Post

In labor bargaining, economic pressure often compels agreement. This variable seems to be working in the West’s favor. Sanctions remain in place; oil prices are low; Iranian ...

How Israel Now Sees the Iran Nuke Talks - Michael Herzog, Al-Monitor

Officially, Israel kept a relatively low profile in light of the decision Nov. 24 by the P5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members and Germany) and Tehran to extend thei...

Obama Has Emboldened America's Enemies - Telegraph

The departure of Chuck Hagel as Defence Secretary reflects the administration's failure to confront its enemies...

Playing Good Cop, Bad Cop With Iran - John Gay, The National Interest

As the deadline drew closer, positions shifted. All sides confronted the cold reality that a breakdown in the talks would risk a return to the sharp confrontations of 2012 and earl...

Iran Stalls Again - Washington Times

The United States still hopes that if the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, agrees to limit Iran’s capacity for refining fissile material for a bomb and later blows off...

U.S. and Iran: Too Much at Stake to Walk Away - E. Groll & J. Hudson, FP

The two sides seem almost certain to miss a Monday deadline, but Washington and Tehran have invested too much to walk away from the table....

Congress Needs History's Perspective on Iran - John Bradshaw, RCWorld

If a nuclear deal with Iran is reached tomorrow, or sometime next year, it is likely to face considerable skepticism in a divided and increasingly hawkish U.S. Congress....

More Talks Would Be a Win for Iran - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

President Obama showed a bit of spine today when he said on ABC’s This Week that he would not roll back all the sanctions on Iran immediately if it signed a nuclear agreement...

Iran's Nuclear D-Day - Telegraph

Amid all the jargon about centrifuges and uranium stockpiles, the central purpose of the Vienna talks on Iran’s nuclear programme risks being overlooked. The goal of these so...

No Answer to the Nuclear Iran Issue - Jeffrey Goldberg, Bloomberg View

In the anticipatory tumult leading up to Monday's putative climax of the Iran nuclear talks, it's become easy to forget that there is no truly satisfactory solution to the problem ...

The Dangers of Derailing an Iran Deal - Paul Pillar, The National Interest

Inflection points in the history of U.S. foreign relations sometimes are marked by new departures and new roads taken. But they might instead entail blown opportunities to take new...

The Dangers of Extending the Iran Talks - Evan Moore, National Review

Tehran has duped the West before now. It must not be allowed to do so again....

Finally, a Positive Crisis for U.S. Leadership - Edward Goldberg, RCWorld

Globally, the United States is now in a unique competitive position. It spends significantly less money abroad to import oil, giving its balance of payments a huge boost, and the o...

Iran's Pragmatic Central Asia Policy - Irina Zviagelskaya, RIAC

Iran occupies an important place in Central Asia’s system of political and economic relations. It may not boast impressive resources such as those of Central Asian countries&...

Cheap Oil Is a Geopolitical Gift to the U.S. - Rich Miller, Bloomberg

A new age of abundant and cheap energy supplies is redrawing the world’s geopolitical landscape, weakening and potentially threatening the legitimacy of some governments while en...

How Does Religion Influence Iran's Nuclear Policy? - A. Tabatabai, BAS

One of the most enduring myths about post-revolutionary Iran is that the country’s policies, including those on nuclear matters, are shaped by its leadership’s obsessio...

Iran Deal Is Like a $400-Billion Tax Cut - David Hale, Nat'l Interest

The big date looms and the consequences for geopolitics could be even bigger:on November 24, Iran and the United States and five other leading nations, if all goes well, are schedu...

Thinking About post-ISIS Geopolitics - Ronald Tiersky, Huffington Post

IS has already put into place certain aspects of a normal state. A recent New York Times article noted that it not only has a flag, it has also created courts (a religious judicial...

Iran Hardly Needs Nukes to Be a Threat - Faisal Al Yafai, The National

In just under a week, the Iranians and the Americans say, they will present an answer to Iran’s nuclear programme. In reality, they are only likely to raise more questions....

Iran Is Already a Threat, Nukes Notwithstanding - Faisal Al Yafai, National

In just under a week, the Iranians and the Americans say, they will present an answer to Iran’s nuclear programme. In reality, they are only likely to raise more questions. The d...

The IAEA Is Getting Iran Wrong - Yousaf Butt, National Interest

Unfortunately, the deal may still fall through, in part because of mismanagement and a lack of nuclear weapons expertise at the IAEA, which is sowing confusion and misunderstanding...

Iran Is Already a Threat to the Gulf - Faisal Al Yafai, The National

Surely, then, with agreement so close and with the issue so great, it is churlish of the Gulf states to continue their displeasure at the prospect of rapprochement with Iran? Aft...

The Risk of Nation-State Conflict - Walter Russell Mead, American Interest

While it is difficult to see into the future at all and impossible to make detailed predictions, everything we know about history and human development suggests that the 21st centu...

Could the Next Crisis Be in Oman? - Michael Rubin, Commentary

Oman is also strategically important. For all Western policymakers fret about Iranian activities in the Strait of Hormuz, they often forget that Oman occupies one side of the impor...

Caving to Iran - Lee Smith, Weekly Standard

It's not clear when (or whether) the Obama White House will conclude a final agreement with Iran over its nuclear program. The extended deadline for the interim deal known as the J...

Obama too Desperate for Iran Nuke Deal - John Bolton, New York Post

The levels of diplomatic activity, fear and even desperation regarding Iran’s steadily advancing nuclear-weapons program are rising rapidly in the White House....

Only Accept a Good Deal With Iran - Boston Globe

AN AGREEMENT that puts verifiable limits on Iran’s nuclear program, increases transparency, and clears up concerns about weapons-related research — in exchange for the ...

America's Eurasian Alliances Are Fraying - Andrew Peek, AI

The US-Azerbaijan relationship is fraying. It’s not just Azerbaijan, though. After six spiraling years of diplomatic missteps, all of America’s Eurasian relationships a...

Will the U.S. Swap Riyadh for Tehran? - Crispian Cuss, Al Jazeera

There are key strategic forces, including demographics and energy supplies, that are pulling the US and Iran closer together. While this may seem farfetched given the current state...

Time to Bring Iran into Nuclear Summit - Ariane Tabatabai, BAS

There is a good chance that in the coming months, Tehran will agree to a deal with six foreign powers that will scale back its nuclear program in exchange for some relief from sanc...

9 Truths About the War on Islamic State - John McLaughlin, Ozy

What are the hard realities we’re dealing with? And, given that U.S. officials say it could take up to a year to train and field a ground force to combat the Islamic State in...

Obama's Iran Gamble - Jackson Diehl, Washington Post

As a presidential candidate seven years ago, Barack Obama shook up the foreign policy world by declaring that he favored “direct diplomacy” to reshape U.S. relations wi...

Looming Iran Deal: Empowerment of Evil - David Horovitz, Times of Israel

An arrangement that depends on verifying Iranian good behavior and taking speedy counteraction in the inevitable event of bad behavior is simply not workable — and both sides...

For Obama, Iran and Israel Have Switched Places - Lee Smith, Weekly Standard

Last week, the Obama White House finally clarified its Middle East policy. It’s détente with Iran and a cold war with Israel. To the administration, Israel isn’t...

Obama Wise to Reach Out to Tehran - San Francisco Chronicle

The enemy of my enemy is my friend. This adage lies behind an overture from President Obama to Iran’s top religious and political leader. It’s risky, tentative and already doub...

Obama's Letter to the Ayatollah - Matthew Lee & Julie Pace, Associated Press

In a rare outreach to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, President Barack Obama has written a letter about the fight against Islamic State militants, a common enemy in S...

Keep the New Congress Away from Iran - Bloomberg View

So long as Iran sticks to the restrictions on its enrichment program, and the current sanctions remain in place, there is no hurry to end this negotiating process. What matters is ...

America's Financial Imperialism Damages Britain - P. Oborne, Telegraph

There is no evidence whatsoever that Standard Chartered has engaged in shoddy practices. It has broken no laws, flouted no international sanctions and done nothing wrong. The real ...

How the Middle East Got to This Point - Conrad Black, National Review

The entire kaleidoscope of countries and movements between Libya and Turkey and Pakistan and Yemen is perhaps more complicated than ever. This is an attempt to review how we got to...

What the Election Means for Obama's Foreign Policy - Boston Globe

Americans in battleground states weren’t the only ones who tuned into midterm elections this year. Overseas, US allies and enemies also watched the news....

Viewing Iran Through Rose-Colored Glasses - Clare Lopez, Wash Times

This time, though, Iran promises it’s dealing in good faith. After all, it’s so much “more mature and modern” now that the rest of the world should really j...

Ahmadinejad Adviser Arrested

A simmering rivalry between Iran’s president and powerful adversaries within the conservative hierarchy spilled into the open on Monday when security forces briefly arrested ...

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Iran seeks post on key U.N. committ

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UN resolution: Israel must renounce

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