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The Tragedy Of Iran

The Islamic Republic’s political class knows its hold on power depends on sustained economic growth, and that in turn requires a resolution of the nuclear issue. But the men who rule Iran still want the leverage of nuclear power.

Read Here – cfr.org

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Bringing Iran In

When considering the next steps with Iran, we should think less about Nazi Germany or North Korea and more about the China of Chairman Mao.

Read Here – The Atlantic

6 Months Nuclear Freeze = 36 Days Of Relief

Despite the breakthrough, John Kerry is right when he says that the “next phase … will be even more difficult”. The harder part of the P5+1-Iran talks was always going to be reaching a lasting comprehensive solution. The lopsided nature of the interim agreement may have further complicated this process.

Read Here – The Nation, Bangkok

The Great Satan And Its Axis Of Evil

There are a few reasons to be optimistic about Iranian president Hassan Rouhani coming to New York. Fresh off a major electoral victory this summer, there is no time like the present for a reformist to meet and greet the Great Satan. Likewise, a face-to-face meeting with a card-carrying member of the Axis of Evil could be a Nixonian moment for President Barack Obama.

Read Here – The National Interest

Iran’s Rouhani Seeks Constructive Engagement

The world has changed. International politics is no longer a zero-sum game but a multi-dimensional arena where cooperation and competition often occur simultaneously. Gone is the age of blood feuds. World leaders are expected to lead in turning threats into opportunities, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani writes in The Washington Post.

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U.S., Iran Ready To Turn Page In History?

The White House said it was possible that President Barack Obama would meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in New York next week if Tehran signaled it was serious about giving up its nuclear program. No U.S. President has met an Iranian leader since the overthrow of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi more than 34 years ago.

Read Here – Reuters

Another Monkey In Space

Iran plans to send the second monkey into space aboard the Pishgam (Pioneer) II space capsule within 45 days, Iran Space Agency director Hamid Fazeli said. Iran had successfully sent a monkey into space and brought it back to Earth safely in January.

Read Here – Tehran Times

The Supreme Leader Is Indeed Supreme

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is not a crazy, irrational, or reckless zealot searching for opportunities for aggression, as this sweeping intellectual profile shows. That means there’s room for the United States and Iran to improve ties — if Washington can convince Khamenei it’s not determined to overthrow the Islamic Republic.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

 

Building Bridges With Iran

There is a country in the Middle East where a youthful, educated and culturally Westernised population pulses with inventiveness and vitality. Its society is religious, certainly, and harbours a deeply ingrained suspicion of Britain and America, yet it also turns an implacably hostile face towards al-Qaeda’s brand of Sunni radicalism.

Read Here – The Telegraph, London

Across Iran’s Eastern Border

Iran’s strategic ambitions are not limited to looking West into the Arab world and the war in Syria. It is also looking East, where it has an active alliance with China and a working relationship with India, but closer to its borders, Iran is working hard to build its influence in Afghanistan.

Read Here – Gulf News

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