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جمهوری اسلامی ايران

It’s amazing how much of the discussion of the Gaza war is based on the supposition that it is still 1979. It’s based on the supposition that the Israeli-Palestinian dispute is...(full article)

So why have Mr. Rezaian, Ms. Salehi and the photographers suddenly become the first American journalists detained in Iran since 2009? Post editors say they have no answers. What is...(full article)

Despite the outcry from the hawks, there are encouraging signs the president has continued support for diplomacy. Speaking at the progressive Netroots Nation conference last weeken...(full article)

With nuclear talks extended for another four months, the P5+1 and Iran have been given a fresh chance to reach an agreement on the Iranian nuclear program. For the past six months,...(full article)

At the heart of Tehran’s anxieties lies a decades-old fear of spillover of the Kurdish self-determination movement, and an independent and secular Kurdistan becoming a geopolit...(full article)

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When U.S. Downed a Plane and Tried to Cover It Up - Fred Kaplan, Slate

Fury and frustration still mount over the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and justly so. But before accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of war crimes or dismissing th...

Hamas Still Has Some Friends Left - Mirren Gidda, Time

Both Qatar — one of the world’s richest states — and Turkey are powerful allies to have, but Hamas might wish for more support given the breadth of the Arab World. It once ...

Farce Continues in Latest Iran Talks - Amir Taheri, New York Post

The latest round of talks in Vienna on Iran’s nuclear program has ended with, guess what, tacit agreement to hold further talks for four more months. Both Iran and the 5+1 grou...

Can Iran Be Deterred from Going Nuclear? - Zachary Keck, Nat'l Interest

By convincing Iranian leaders that their own interests dictate remaining nonnuclear, they will be deterred from seeking a nuclear weapon....

Hard Choices Ahead with Iran - Robert Einhorn, Brookings Institution

With significant headway already made but major gaps remaining - and especially with the options available in the event of a breakdown of negotiations looking unattractive to all p...

What Kind of Iran Are We Looking for Here? - Doug Saunders, Globe & Mail

It’s now down to horse trading: The negotiations between Iran and the wider world, due to reach their deadline Sunday (and likely to be extended), have come to a head. At this po...

Time to Stop Tehran's Atomic Ambitions - Globe and Mail

The talks with Iran have come to a critical point....

Iran, Russia, Gaza Should Be Considered Together - Paul Pillar, TNI

In the face of intense, high-profile, and especially fast-moving problems, the decision-making apparatus for foreign policy and national security has a narrow attention span. Lim...

Give Iran More Time - Washington Post

It’s not inconceivable that Iran’s position will soften if talks continue. But the Obama administration should reject any attempt by Mr. Zarif to obtain concessions, such as in...

Why Tehran Loves Iran Hawks - Zachary Keck, The Diplomat

However well-intentioned, Iran hawks in the U.S. threaten to advance Tehran’s nuclear agenda....

A New Iraq and a New Middle East - Hillel Fradkin & Lewis Libby, RCWorld

The Islamic State is murderously hostile to all its neighbors: Turkey, Syria, Baghdad, KRG, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Iran. As the newly proclaimed caliphate, it regards their regim...

Stick It to Iran by Giving Them Iraq - Christopher Dickey, Daily Beast

It’s time the Iraqi Pottery Barn rule—‘You break it, you pay a trillion dollars for it’—is applied to someone else....

An Easy Call on Iran - Bloomberg View

Sunday's deadline for a deal on Iran's nuclear program will not be met, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pretty much acknowledged today. So, are the negotiations worth extending?...

Is Obama's Strategy on Iran Sound? - Walter Russell Mead, American Int.

While other items on President Obama’s foreign policy agenda have come and gone, his drive to coming to some kind of agreement with Iran over nuclear weapons has been remarkably ...

Obama Must Take One for Tehran - James Traub, Foreign Policy

Why President Obama needs to stand up to the warmongers who want to kill the Iranian nuclear deal....

Iran's Middle East Nightmare - Zachary Keck, The Diplomat

The Arab Spring, which Tehran first welcomed, has been by far Iran’s biggest nightmare. This began, of course, with the civil war in Syria where the Sunni majority rose up in...

Iran's ISIS Nightmare - Dina Esfandiary, The National Interest

Iran is stuck between a rock and a hard place on ISIS and Iraq. Taking responsibility for security in Iraq – or even significantly contributing to it – would be a huge undert...

The Many Faces of Hassan Rouhani - Alfoneh & Gerecht, Weekly Standard

Rouhani isn’t an open book: He has a layered, somewhat closeted personality. An attentive observer can’t help noticing something disingenuous or theatrical about him: His real ...

Why America Must Spy on the Germans - James Kirchick, The Daily Beast

I’ve lived and loved in Germany, count Berlin as one of my favorite cities, and—pending reactions to this article—may even move back there someday. But given its intense busi...

Open the Files on the Iran Coup - Roham Alvandi, New York Times

One major obstacle to the release of American government documents on the 1953 coup is that this covert action was a joint Anglo-American operation, codenamed “Tp-Ajax”...

How Iran Took the Wheel in the Mideast - Harvey & Pregent, CNN

United States leaders have rightly said that defeating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and resolving Iraq's deepening civil war will require urgent political change in Baghdad....

Mideast Power Struggles Exploit Ancient Rift - David Kirkpatrick, NYT

This island nation off the eastern coast of Saudi Arabia was the first place where Arab Spring demands for equal citizenship and democratic governance degenerated into a sectarian ...

America's New Allies: Russia, Iran, Syria? - Paul Saunders, TNI

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki must be pretty unhappy with the United States.  Facing an existential threat to his country and a political threat to his leader...

Iran Is Running Out of Time - John Kerry, Washington Post

Iranian officials have stated repeatedly and unambiguously that they have no intention of building a nuclear weapon and that their nuclear activities are designed solely to fulfill...

The Hawks' Playbook for Opposing a U.S.-Iran Deal - John Hudson, FP

Though the United States has yet to secure a final deal to restrain Iran's nuclear program, an influential pair of hawks in Washington have already devised a way for Congress to un...

Can Obama Make Iran Pull Back Its Horns? - Walter Russell Mead, TAI

As the Middle East collapses into chaos, the U.S. must change the incentives for Iran—even if that means making uncomfortable choices in DC....

U.S., Iran Must Push Maliki Out of Power - The Daily Star

It is important now for Iran and the United States, the two external powers most heavily invested in the Iraqi government and with perhaps the most to lose should the situation con...

Time to Increase Pressure on Overextended Iran - Jerusalem Post

As the Islamic Republic becomes over-extended in Syria and Iraq, and continues to face sanctions, it might be more willing to make concessions on its nuclear program....

Why Iran & Saudi Arabia May Have to Get Along - Mark Leonard, Reuters

In a post-American Middle East, this kind of concert of powers is the only way to stop the bloodshed. But my instinct — after talks with Iranians and Saudis over the last few mon...

U.S. and Iran Can Save Iraq - Mohammad Ali Shabani, New York Times

To save Iraq from Sunni extremists, Iran is mobilizing its allies in Iraq and promoting collaboration between Iraq’s government and Syria. Washington, meanwhile, has dispatch...

Don't Forget Iran's Sexual Minorities - Parsi & Weinthal, Ottawa Citizen

While the world powers prepare for a July negotiation session with Iran over its illicit nuclear program, the deteriorating situation for sexual minorities continues unabated. Sad...

Trust Iran Only as Far as You Can Throw It - Michael Weiss, Foreign Policy

American talking heads say that Iran is the key to defeating ISIS. But those in the know say the two "enemies" are actually secret allies....

Iran Regime's War on Its President - Azadeh Moaveni, Foreign Policy

Earlier this spring, a documentary that claimed to provide an exclusive glimpse into the "real" revolutionary past of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani began circulating around the ...

The Five Big Winners in Iraq - Jean Mackenzie, Global Post

It’s not easy being Iraqi these days. Hundreds of thousands have been displaced by fighting, an extremist Islamist group is intent on establishing a brutal regime throughout ...

Iran & America Can Beat ISIS Together - Ben Van Heuvelen, Daily Beast

Take Washington’s firepower, Tehran’s political muscle, and the terrorists’ savagery, and there’s a formula for saving Iraq....

Iran Gains from U.S. Intervention in Iraq - Michael Young, NOW Lebanon

What does one make of the apparent rapprochement between the United States and Iran over Iraq? It’s difficult to say, principally because both countries have very different age...

Fear of a Decrease in Fear of Iran - Paul Pillar, The National Interest

Many participants in debate on U.S. policy in the Middle East have a lot invested in maintaining the idea of the Islamic Republic of Iran as a bogeyman forever to be feared, despis...

Years of Living Dangerously Lie Ahead - Clifford May, Washington Times

The largest and most expensive embassy in the world is in Baghdad. President George W. Bush built it in the hope, perhaps the expectation, that before long, it would house envoys t...

No Shame in Asking Iran for Help in Iraq - Bloomberg View

Nothing demonstrates more vividly the mess Iraq has become than the prospect of Iran and the U.S. discussing whether they can cooperate to fix it....

Don't Fight in Iraq and Ignore Syria - Anne-Marie Slaughter, NY Times

Deciding that the Syrian government, as bad as it is, was still better than the alternative of ISIS profoundly missed the point. As long as we allow the Syrian government to contin...

Don't Expect Iran & U.S. to Solve Iraq Crisis Together - Abbas Milani, TNR

When it comes to the mess in Iraq, there is plenty of blame to go around in Tehran, Washington, and most of all Baghdad—blame for strategic blunders and tactical bullying. In...

Iran Is America's Best New Partner in the Middle East - Fred Kaplan, Slate

Sometimes we must form alliances with unpleasant nations to prevent something worse....

The Fetish of Staring at Iran's Women - Haleh Anvari, New York Times

Ever since the hijab, a generic term for every Islamic modesty covering, became mandatory after the 1979 revolution, Iranian women have been used to represent the country visually....

Washington Should Pivot to Persia - Trita Parsi, Foreign Policy

Washington may not want to admit it, but Iran is the most stable country in the Middle East right now....

Time for a U.S. Triage in the Mideast - Adam Garfinkle, American Interest

As many have already noted, if the U.S. government uses force against ISIS on behalf of the Maliki government in Iraq, it will in effect be allying itself with Iran—not such a ho...

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 frees U.S.-Iranian, three jour

An Iranian-American man detained along with three journalists in Iran last week has been released, a...

Turkish court arrests 11 more polic

A Turkish court ordered that 11 more police officers be kept in custody pending trial over accusatio...

U.S. nuclear negotiator declines se

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The lead U.S. nuclear negotiator declined to give a fina...

U.S. to seize $100 million of Iraqi

By Anna Driver and Julia Payne HOUSTON/LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities were set on Tuesday to se...

Lawmakers try to seal $225M aid pac

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic and Republican members of Congress scrambled Tuesday to seal a $225 m...