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An attack on Iran remains a terrifying possibility, as a desperate flight forward by the Anglo-American coalition from an already hopeless situation in Iraq.

Iran nuclear talks: the beginning of the endgame?

Posted by seumasach on December 16, 2014

International Crisis Group

In Pursuit of Peace

11th December, 2014

After a year of negotiations, the parties to the Iran nuclear talks failed to meet their deadline of 24 November. Nonetheless the talks will continue, with the goal of reaching a political agreement by 1 March 2015 and a comprehensive agreement, including an implementation plan, by 1 July 2015 (see Crisis Group’s new report Iran Nuclear Talks: The Fog Recedes). In the following Q and A, Crisis Group Senior Iran Analyst Ali Vaez discusses what the new deadline means and how the talks might move forward.

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Iran nuclear deal within grasp

Posted by seumasach on December 16, 2014

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

13th December, 2014

The US-Iranian negotiations for a nuclear deal are slated to resume on Monday amidst growing optimism that this could be the end of the year-long endgame under way, and an accord is in sight, finally. The US secretary of state John Kerry recently said that the effort will be to reach an accord even before the extended deadline of end-June.

 

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Hawks circle over Iran talks extension

Posted by seumasach on November 26, 2014

Jim Lobe

Asia Times

25th November, 2014

WASHINGTON – Buoyed by the failure of the US and five other powers to reach a comprehensive agreement with Iran over its nuclear program after a week of intensive talks, pro-Israel and Republican hawks are calling for Washington to ramp up economic pressure on Tehran even while talks continue, and to give Congress a veto on any final accord. 

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Iran takes center stage in East-West struggle

Posted by seumasach on November 24, 2014

Ramin Davoodi

Asia Times

21st November, 2014

The macroeconomic and geopolitical stakes are high in a stand-off between the global East, South and West. As the stakes rise on the world’s chessboard, so does Iran’s role.

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Israel’s Iran bluster won’t unnerve Obama

Posted by seumasach on November 12, 2014

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

12th November, 2014

Between optimism and pessimism stands ‘cautious optimism’ in the lexicon of diplomacy. But ‘relative optimism’? Yet, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Rybakov, one of the sharpest minds in the Moscow diplomatic armory, would have weighed his words with care and ingenuity when he remarked on Tuesday following the 2-day talks of the P5+1 and Iran talks in Muscat, Oman, that he is “relatively optimistic” about a nuclear treaty being concluded by the November 24 deadline. He added: “The glass is half full; (but) it’s not half empty.” 

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Saudi-Iranian thaw will take time

Posted by seumasach on August 27, 2014

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

27th August, 2014

The interpretation that comes readily to mind regarding the visit to Riyadh by the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Amir Abdollahian and his talks on Tuesday with the Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal would be that a thaw is in the offing in the ties between the two countries. 

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US, Iran – so close, yet far apart

Posted by seumasach on July 14, 2014

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

13th July, 2014

The absence of the foreign ministers of Russia and China from the conclave of the P5+ 1 and Iran at Vienna today would suggest two things. One, they have better things to do elsewhere and, two, they don’t expect any big outcome at Vienna other than, perhaps, an extension of the stipulated deadline of July 20 for reaching a deal.

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Obama courting Iran for help in Iraq risks backlash

Posted by seumasach on June 17, 2014

Obama is certainly risking the ire of the Neo-Cons in engaging with Iran but he is doing so from what is regarded  as a strategic imperative: defeating Al-Qaida. It difficult for the Neo-Cons to argue with this and so they find themselves hoisted on their own petard

Bloomberg

17th June, 2014

President Barack Obama’s outreach to Iran to help thwart Sunni militants in Iraq may upset regional allies and risk a domestic political backlash.

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UK set to reopen Iran embassy

Posted by seumasach on June 17, 2014

Sky

17th June, 2014

William Hague is expected to announce the reopening of the UK embassy in Iran as the West looks to improve relations to help tackle the crisis in Iraq.

 

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US prepares for talks with Iran to stop Iraq militants

Posted by seumasach on June 16, 2014

Guardian

16th June, 2014

The United States is preparing to open a direct dialogue with Iran about how to deal with the Sunni insurgency in Iraq, a senior official said on Sunday.

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Russia’s countermove in Iran

Posted by seumasach on March 24, 2014

Consortium News

23rd March, 2014

Neocons hoped the Ukraine-Crimea crisis, which they encouraged, would drive a spike into the Obama-Putin collaboration and restore neocon dreams of a U.S. military attack on Iran. But the scheme could instead push Russia and Iran closer together, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar explains.

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