from The Great Debate:

One sure way to bring down Iran’s pragmatists? An ‘attaboy’ from the U.S.

February 25, 2016

An Iranian woman gestures as she attends a reformist campaign for upcoming parliamentary election, in Tehran February 18, 2016. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/TIMA  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

An Iranian woman gestures as she attends a reformist campaign for upcoming parliamentary election, in Tehran, February 18, 2016. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/TIMA

from The Great Debate:

I was held in Iran for 13 months: This is why I think Jason Rezaian may be freed

October 20, 2015

File photo of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian speaking in the newspaper's offices in Washington

Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian speaks in the newspaper's offices in Washington, DC in a November 6, 2013 file photo provided by The Washington Post. REUTERS/Zoeann Murphy/The Washington Post/Handout via Reuters

from The Great Debate:

Iran nuclear deal: What happens next around the world

July 14, 2015

A supporter of moderate cleric Hassan Rohani celebrates his victory in Iran's presidential election along a street in Tehran

A supporter of moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani celebrates his victory in Iran's presidential election along a street in Tehran June 16, 2013. REUTERS/Yalda Moayeri

from MacroScope:

Iran and Japan in focus at Davos

January 22, 2014

Lots of action in Switzerland today with the annual get-together of the great and good at Davos getting underway and Syrian peace talks commencing in Montreux.

from The Great Debate:

Broaden the peace process with Iran

November 20, 2013

 

High-level Geneva talks with Iran adjourned November 11 without reaching an agreement. Lower-level talks are to scheduled to reconvene Wednesday. The Western objective is a pause in Iran’s nuclear program -- stopping the clock and allowing more time to reach a permanent agreement.

from Ian Bremmer:

Is this the end of the Iran status quo?

October 25, 2013

Amidst the rubble of cynicism in Washington and the international community, there’s been one sign of hope for American foreign policy: the West’s negotiations with Iran regarding its nuclear program. Remarkably, things seem to be shifting: diplomats have emerged from the latest round of negotiations emitting good vibes. The West’s crippling sanctions, led by the U.S., have worked.

from The Great Debate:

Looking to diplomacy with Iran

October 14, 2013

President Barack Obama has decided to test whether Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s “charm offensive” is a legitimate effort to reach an agreement on a more constricted and transparent Iranian nuclear program. With this decision, he embarks on the most transformative and important diplomatic initiative of his presidency.

from David Rohde:

The key stumbling blocks U.S. and Iran face

September 28, 2013

A historic phone call Friday between the presidents of the United States and Iran could mark the end of 34 years of enmity.

from The Great Debate:

IAEA and Iran: Resolving the nuclear impasse

September 25, 2013

President Hassan Rouhani generated a positive buzz yesterday with his United Nations General Assembly statements about Iran’s determination to resolve the nuclear impasse with the international community. Though he argued Tehran was not prepared to give up its enrichment program, the new president declared “nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction have no place in Iran’s security,” adding that his government was now committed to “time-bound and result-oriented talks to build mutual confidence and removal of mutual uncertainties with full transparency” to resolve any doubts.

from The Great Debate:

For U.S.-Iran, it’s all in the timing

September 24, 2013

Four years after President Barack Obama famously extended his hand of friendship to Iran, Tehran finally seems willing to unclench its fist. The most decisive geopolitical handshake of this decade may take place today at the United Nations.