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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.

Russia and Iran sign defense deal

Posted by seumasach on January 22, 2015

.. ‘may resolve’ S300 missile delivery issue

RT

20th January, 2015

Moscow and Tehran have signed military cooperation deal that implies wider collaboration in personnRead moreel training and counter-terrorism activities. It may also resolve the situation concerning the delivery of Russian S300 missiles, Iranian media reported.

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Saudi reset with Iran is unavoidable

Posted by seumasach on January 15, 2015

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

15th January, 2015

The terrorist strike last week on the Saudi border post facing the Iraqi province of Anbar — known to be the Islamic State’s first assault on the kingdom — could be the proverbial straw on the camel’s back, forcing Riyadh into a profound rethink of its regional strategies imbued with the rivalries involving Iran.

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Iran trumps Saudi project in Syria-Iraq

Posted by seumasach on January 4, 2015

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

2nd January, 2015

A grudging admission that Saudi Arabia has lost out to Iran in the regional rivalry is apparent in the opinion piece by a senior editor in the establishment daily Asharq Al-Awsat. The hubris that money can buy anything or anyone in Washington, the triumphalism that the Islamic State spells the doom for the Iranians, the over-confidence that Sunni-Shi’ite schism transcends regional politics – all these Saudi assumptions have gone horribly wrong. In retrospect, 2014 stands out as the year the Saudis lost the plot.

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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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