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Two meetings in the coming week could have significant consequences for the standoff over Iran’s nuclear program....(full article)

Washington wants Iran isolated and on the cusp of insolvency. Iranians are not oblivious to this fact, and in spite of their rather cosmopolitan disposition, Iranians overwhelmingl...(full article)

Anyone who thinks the Houthis are acting in Yemen’s best interests is mistaken. They do not even have the right to speak in the name of all the Yemeni people. Rather, their strat...(full article)

The Muslim Middle East is increasingly divided along sectarian and ideological lines. In addition to the violent conflicts that make the nightly news, two "cold wars" are simmering...(full article)

Despite the common perception of Russia as Iran's main backer outside the region, the two big regional players’ relations are shaped by long-term interests that can clash wit...(full article)

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Iran Says It's Under Attack by ISIS - Jassem Al Salami, Daily Beast

Suicide bombs. Captured soldiers. Guerrilla attacks. Iran claims it’s under assault by Sunni militants like ISIS. Now Tehran is making mass arrests to try to stop the onslaug...

The Prize and Peril of Kirkuk - Reva Bhalla, Stratfor

Turkey's behavior can be perplexing and frustrating to Western leaders, but the country's combination of reticence in action and audacity in rhetoric can be traced back to many of ...

The Steady Progress of U.S.-Iran Talks - Laura Rozen, Al-Monitor

If the positive trajectory of the relationship that followed Rouhani’s replacement last year of the Holocaust-denying Mahmoud Ahmadinejad continues, some of the credit will g...

Is the World Still Afraid of Iran? - Rachel Shabi, Al Jazeera

Conversations between the US and Iran are presumed to be happening behind the scenes. And some are taking place in public: British Prime Minister David Cameron met with Rouhani in ...

Waiting for the Iranian Godot - Derek Davison, The Nation

The P5+1 must stop defining the success of a comprehensive deal purely on metrics and instead consider the intrinsic value that such a deal will bring with it....

Iran Seeks European Investors - Jonathan Saul, Reuters

Iranian banks and firms will seek European investors willing to bet on thawing ties with the outside world in London next week, hoping to overcome caution or even outright hostilit...

Iran to Elite Troops: Don't Bother U.S. in Iraq - Eli Lake, Daily Beast

The last time Iranian and American forces were in Iraq, the two sides quietly fought each other. Now Iran’s Quds Force officers in Iraq are purposely leaving the Americans al...

Don't Miss this Chance with Iran - Christopher de Bellaigue, The Guardian

A deal with Iran is vital for the stability of the wider Middle East. The opportunity must be grasped....

Yemen's Peril Is a Threat to the Whole Region - The National

Whatever it is that the Houthi rebels are planning in Yemen, it is certainly not going to be for the benefit of all Yemenis, or the GCC. That is the unmistakable impression of the ...

Kissinger's Last Appeal for Realism - Vartan Oskanian, Al Jazeera

The bear knows seven songs and they are all about honey - I don't know if that's an Armenian saying or a Russian one, but it's true for Kissinger as well. All of his songs are abou...

Russia, Iran Lock NATO Out of Caspian - Jacopo Dettoni, Diplomat

Iran and Russia have built unanimous consensus among the Caspian states, which also feature Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, over the inadmissibility of a foreign militar...

The U.S. Is Yielding to Iran - David Frum, The Atlantic

Why isn’t it the rulers of Iran who feel a sense of desperation about breaking the logjam with timely concessions to U.S. concerns about their nuclear ambitions? The answer t...

The Duality of the Middle East Narrative - David Rothkopf, Foreign Policy

Much like the schizophrenic reality of the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly itself, this week's conclave of world leaders in New York has presented two contras...

Rouhani Is Still the Ayatollah's Man - J. Matthew McInnis, RealClearWorld

Rouhani is seen as savvy and moderate, steering through a mass of treacherous hardliners in Tehran and an entrenched Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei. But this is the wrong way to unde...

Iran's Coup d'Etat in Yemen - Daily Star

Yemen and other countries in the region have become the chessboard where Arab countries, Iran and states outside the Middle East are vying for influence....

Will Iran Sell Out al-Qaeda for Nukes? - Rogin & Lake, Daily Beast

On Wednesday in New York, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani offered to help the West fight terrorism—and play a more “active role” in the Middle East—as long as the West is ...

West Should Risk a Nuclear Deal with Iran - Jack Straw, Telegraph

David Cameron’s meeting today with the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani – the first such since the 1979 Iranian Revolution – is very welcome. If it presages a re...

Creating a Sunni National Guard - Hussain Abdul-Hussain, NOW Lebanon

Like in the surge, reversing ISIS’s (Islamic State; ISIL) fortunes will depend on turning the local population against them through recruitment, training, arming and funding ...

We Are Letting Iran Off the Hook - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

Despite the pious promises from Kerry and all of the other defenders of the interim accord that the West had learned its lesson about being strung along by the Iranians, they have ...

Iraq Is Becoming America's Gaza - Leon Hadar, The American Conservative

During Israel’s recent war with Hamas, which took place at the same time as the Islamic State was conducting its barbaric campaign in Mesopotamia and the Levant, Prime Minist...

The Double-Edged Sword of Islamist Militancy - S. Chubin, The Daily Star

In an era of fluid and contested borders and indirect and proxy conflicts, the temptation for states to use radical groups for their own policy purposes is substantial....

Iran Could Be Shadow Enemy in ISIS War - Jacob Siegel, Daily Beast

At the big table in Paris where 24 world leaders met Monday to discuss a war plan against ISIS, one nation was notably left out. But Iran claims it didn’t want to be there anyw...

Iran and U.S. Are Allies But Can't Admit It - Joshua Keating, Slate

We are in an era of unacknowledged invasions. In military operations ranging from Russia’s incursion into eastern Ukraine to the activities of Iranian military advisers in Iraq...

Tehran Keeps Chasing Nukes - John Bolton, Pittsburgh Tribune

ran's nuclear weapons program, now operating largely outside Barack Obama's attention span, is still making steady progress....

Beware of Empowering Iran in IS Fight - David Ernst, The Federalist

The arguments for enabling the Shia Axis to do what must be done in the Middle East through a deft maneuver of Machiavellian-like statecraft are ostensibly compelling; unfortunatel...

U.S. Needs to Get the Politics Right Against IS - Zack Beauchamp, Vox

There's a big problem with President Obama's new war against the Islamic State: it can't be defeated by military means alone. And the more Obama escalates, the more he runs the ris...

Tough on Isis? Iran Senses Weakness - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

After weeks of indecision, President Obama is finally, albeit in a limited manner, mustering U.S. strength to respond to the challenge from ISIS terrorists. But at the same time,...

Obama's ISIS Strategy Buoys Iran - Fabio Rafael Fiallo, RealClearWorld

In his May 28 speech at West Point, President Obama emphasized the need of “thinking through the consequences” when engaging in acts of war. That commendable precept, however, ...

Obama's Coalition of Frenemies - Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times

The hardened rhetoric — and, more important, the expanded commitment it promises — came after the Islamic State beheaded two American journalists in Syria and brazenly dared ...

What Syria Fiasco Means for Iran, Gaza - Seth Mandel, Commentary

To say President Obama badly needed a foreign-policy win is an understatement. And there were decent odds he’d eventually get one: as sports fans tend to say about a batter in ...

Iran's Possible Role in Anti-IS Coalition - Joshua Keating, Slate

Any open acknowledgment of cooperation between the United States and Iran with regards to ISIS would likely make the U.S. Congress, hardliners in Tehran, and the Israeli government...

Iran's Tango with Latin America - Yleem D.S. Poblete , TNI

The regime’s immediate priority is influencing or dictating developments in its neighborhood—Iraq, Gaza strip, Syria, Lebanon and certain Gulf states. However, it is expandin...

Will ISIS Pave Way for Iranian Nukes? - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

One of the ongoing conundrums of Middle East politics is the fact that the United States and Iran have wound up on the same side in the conflict against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. But...

U.S.-Iran 'Strategic Relationship' a Bad Bargain - Kim Holmes, TNI

One of the lessons of statecraft is that mistakes tend to compound themselves. Good options disappear and bad ones proliferate. The hole is dug deeper because desperation convinc...

Latest Big Lie: 'We Have No Strategy' - Michael Ledeen, PJ Media

They DO have a strategy, but they prefer to appear indecisive.  That’s because the strategy would likely provoke even greater criticism than the false confession of endless di...

Iran's Great, and Squandered, Potential - Karim Sadjadpour, The Daily Star

During Iran’s 2013 presidential campaign, Hassan Rouhani marketed himself to a wary Iranian public and hard-line political establishment as the man who could reconcile the id...

U.S. and Iran Hit ISIS, Ignore Each Other - Eli Lake, The Daily Beast

With ISIS over-running Syrian bases, the time might seem right for a grand alliance against the Islamic State. But so far, the U.S. isn’t talking to Iran or Syria’s arm...

Iran Looks East, China Pivots West - Dickey & Ighani, The Diplomat

The two countries need each other, in a relationship that seems unlikely to be derailed soon....

Beware of the MEK - Ariane Tabatabai, The National Interest

The MEK is a cult-like dissident group, based outside of Iran, primarily in Iraq and France for much of the past three decades. It was considered a terrorist group by the United St...

Hillary's 'Mission Impossible' Doctrine - Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic

Inaction guarantees that the U.S. won't spend blood and treasure in a way that does not help or inadvertently harms us–though inaction has costs and risks too.  Another way fo...

The Middle East Cold War and U.S. - Michael Tomasky, The Daily Beast

As big a threat as ISIS is, the competition that truly defines the Middle East is the one between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Where do we fit in?...

Iran's Persecution of Baha'i Goes Beyond the Grave - S. Eskandarian, NP

It’s not difficult for me to remember the horrible days of hardship I experienced as a Baha’i teenager, living in Shiraz, Iran, in the early 1980s. As a member of the Baha’i ...

Because of Gaza, Iran & Hamas Are Back Together - Kay Serjoie, Time

Iran and Hamas were once tightly allied, but the Syrian war drove them apart. Now, after the Gaza conflict, the two sides are making up....

If We Must Work with Iran v. ISIS, So Be It - Malcolm Rifkind, Telegraph

As the lessons of history clearly show, distasteful temporary alliances can be the best option....

Iran's Supreme Leader Is Loving the Ferguson Protests - Reid Standish, FP

The supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, rarely skips an opportunity to bash the United States. The tense standoff in Ferguson, Miss., is giving him a new chance to enga...

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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Moroni (Comoros) (AFP) - The government of the Indian Ocean archipelago of Comoros was in hot water ...

Iran's president says nuclear deal

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday a nuclear deal with the West was b...

Iran's Rouhani: Nuke deal possible

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president said on Monday that Tehran and world powers may still be able...

Rouhani says Iran and West will sol

Tehran (AFP) - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Monday that even if there is no comprehensi...

Saudi top diplomat criticizes Iran

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's foreign minister on Monday lashed out at regional ...