From the Wires
Peter Jenkins | Posted: November 24, 2013
In its agreement with the P5+1, Iran has agreed to inspections of its nuclear enrichment facilities that are considerably more intrusive than required by the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
Mitchell Plitnick | Posted: November 24, 2013
The recent deal struck between Iran and the P5+1 on Iran's nuclear enrichment program should accommodate everyone but the war hawks.
Jim Lobe | Posted: November 23, 2013
The U.S. Israel lobby has made clear that it will fight the implementation of any interim agreement with Iran that does not require Iran to fully dismantle its nuclear reactors.
Jim Lobe | Posted: November 16, 2013
The U.S. Senate appears unlikely to vote on any new Iran sanctions before December 2013, giving the administration time to reach an interim deal with Iran over its nuclear enrichment program.
Johan Galtung | Posted: November 14, 2013
The scandal surrounding the NSA’s surveillance of U.S. allies is the latest evidence that the United States has grown increasingly alienated from its clients.
Ignacio Ramonet | Posted: November 12, 2013
Despite strident opposition in some quarters to efforts to reach an accord between Washington and Tehran, circumstances are gradually changing in favor of a deal.
Emile Nakhleh | Posted: November 12, 2013
Saudi concerns that U.S. rapprochement with Iran would sideline the conservative Sunni Gulf kingdom are key to understanding Saudi Arabia's public spat with Washington.
Jasmin Ramsey | Posted: November 09, 2013
Talks between Iran and the world powers known as the P5+1 have yet to yield an agreement.
Jim Lobe | Posted: November 07, 2013
Citing policy differences over Syria and a possible U.S. détente with Iran, Saudi Arabia has become increasingly willing to openly challenge U.S. policy in the Middle East.
Pierre Klochendler | Posted: November 07, 2013
Israel is not about to relinquish its nuclear arsenal anytime soon, but a growing number of civil society activists are breaking the taboo about discussing it openly.
Jim Lobe | Posted: November 05, 2013
Even as anti-American hardliners rally in Tehran and hawkish U.S. lawmakers peddle new sanctions legislation against Iran in Washington, experts believe a U.S.-Iran détente could be in the works.
Peter Jenkins | Posted: November 04, 2013
The necessary elements of a nuclear deal between the West and Iran have long been clear: submission to inspections by Iran, and an easing of sanctions and recognition of Iran's right to enrich uranium by the West.
Jim Lobe | Posted: November 02, 2013
A recent visit to Washington by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki highlighted the growing U.S. concern about al-Qaeda activity in Iraq, but some lawmakers are skeptical that U.S. assistance can mitigate the violence, blaming it in part on Maliki's authoritarian governance.
Jim Lobe | Posted: October 23, 2013
With Washington facing new challenges in its relations with Saudi Arabia and Turkey, the United States is less equipped to dictate events in region than at any other point in recent history.
Robert Hunter | Posted: October 22, 2013
Robert E. Hunter, former U.S. ambassador to NATO, was director of Middle East Affairs on the National Security Council Staff in the Carter Administration and in 2011-12 was Director of Transatlantic Security Studies at the National Defense University.
Thomas W. Lippman | Posted: October 19, 2013
It remains unclear what Saudi Arabia hopes to gain by refusing a seat on the UN Security Council that it campaigned hard to receive.
Jim Lobe | Posted: October 19, 2013
Although recent progress in nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 powers has blunted the momentum of Washington's Iran hawks, congressional supporters of a strike on Iran are preparing legislative measures to chill the negotiations and limit the Obama administration's ability to scale back sanctions in exchange for concessions.
Jasmin Ramsey | Posted: October 17, 2013
Officials left the latest nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 feeling more optimistic than ever about a deal.
John Feffer | Posted: October 16, 2013
America's foreign policy hawks are no longer counting on Iran to collapse, but North Korea and Cuba remain the "Teetering Twosome."
Richard Heydarian | Posted: October 16, 2013
With Washington shut down and President Obama pulled away from trade negotiations in Asia, China is making an aggressive pitch to Washington's trading partners in the region.
Max Boot is a vocal proponent of U.S. military intervention abroad based at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Joe Lieberman, the neoconservative Democrat from Connecticut who retired from the Senate in 2013, co-chairs a foreign policy project at the American Enterprise Institute.
The Washington-based American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research has been a leading member of the neoconservative advocacy community for several decades, hosting a bevy of Iraq War architects and former Bush administration officials.
Frank Gaffney, director of the hardline neoconservative Center for Security Policy, is a longtime advocate of aggressive U.S. foreign policies, bloated military budgets, and confrontation with the Islamic world.
A neoconservative academic based at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Cohen served as an adviser to President George W. Bush as well as to the 2012 Mitt Romney presidential campaign.