The talks between the P5+1 and Iran are stirring up an already bubbling cauldron in the Middle East. The US’ position in the region is going to change in the next few years, though how that change manifests remain to be seen. One thing is certain, and that is that a deal between the United States and Iran is desired by both of those parties and scares the hell out the US’ closest regional allies, Israel and Saudi Arabia. I explore in this week’s column at Souciant.
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Posted in Iran, Israel, Middle East, United States, tagged Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, China, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Palestine, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United States on October 25, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Iran, tagged Ali Khameini, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, CIA, Geneva, Hassan Rouhani, International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Juan Cole, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, P5+1, People's Mujahedin of Iran, Persian Gulf, Prince Turki bin Faisal al Saud, Saudi Arabia, Shah Reza Pahlavi, Trita Parsi, United States on October 18, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
The new nuclear talks with Iran seem to be reflecting a new direction for the Islamic Republic under Hassan Rowhani and a new openness from the US and Europe to a reasonable compromise. The unhappy parties are Israel and Saudi Arabia, but at least for now, they are not able to scuttle the hope for a resolution. Some of what this theater demonstrates is the obvious fact to anyone who has been paying attention for the past fifteen years: the entire issue of an Iranian bomb has been phony. I explain this week in Souciant.
Posted in Bibi Netanyahu, Iran, tagged Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Geneva talks, Hassan Rowhani, Iran, iran nuclear program, Iran nuclear talks, Mohammad Javad Zarif, P5+1, United States, US-Iran relations, Yom Kippur War on October 15, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Iran, tagged Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Hassan Rouhani, Hezbollah, IAEA, Iran, Israel, Nazi Germany, Non-Proliferation Treaty, Security Council, United Nations, United States, University of Maryland on October 4, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
The mindless way in which Americans simply assume that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapon is just appalling. I have found it most repulsive in that my school, the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy, reflects in its classes the absolute certainty of this “fact,” despite the reality that the evidence points to multiple possible conclusions, and an unyielding Iranian pursuit of a nuke is far from the most likely. I explore this mindless, zealous almost religious belief that permeates government, the media and, sadly, academia this week in Souciant.
Posted in Iran, Israel, Palestine, United States, tagged Barack Obama, Benjamin Netanyahu, Bill Clinton, Hassan Rouhani, Iran, Israel, Mahmoud Abbas, Michael Corleone, Middle east, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Occupied Territories, Oslo Accords, Palestine, The Godfather, United Nations, United States, West Bank, Yasir Arafat on September 27, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
The various UN General Assembly speeches this week, along with some other recent developments in Israel, Iran and the Occupied Palestinian Territories indicate some shifts in the US approach to the Middle East. Among other things, these events have certainly shown that the “pivot to Asia” has moved far to the back burner. I explore where things are going with regard to Iran, Israel-Palestine and the United States in this week’s column at Souciant.