Missing from the commentary on the agreement signed between the P5+1 and Iran is an assessment of the extent to which a nuclear deal with Iran had become possible, perhaps even inevitable for the United States, due to larger forces at bay.
Secret talks initiated by the United States paved the way for the negotiations that, in turn, led to the breakthrough nuclear deal with Iran.
The biggest problem with Obama’s argument that the deal is not “transformational” is that the argument is wrong.
Lost in all the rhetoric about America’s retreat from the Middle East will be one simple reality: Iraq, Syria, and the rest of this region are not America’s to lose or win—and it is dangerous, foolish, and conceited to believe otherwise.
If all goes according to plan, sometime in the fall of 2023, the European Union and the United States will terminate the second of three tranches of nuclear sanctions against Iran, and Iran will initiate parliamentary ratification of its Additional Protocol for IAEA safeguards.
Lower oil prices can be an opportunity for oil companies, as it shifts the bargaining power in their favor at the negotiating table with host governments.
The appointment of Ahmed Awad Bin Mubarak as Yemeni Ambassador to the United States puts an end to a three-year vacuum in the Yemeni foreign service. But his new role as a diplomat raises many questions.
The United States has come out squarely to endorse a deal that tries to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons predominantly relying on positive inducements to get Iran to comply with its new formal commitments.
Under the terms agreed to in Vienna, the country is going to be crawling with inspectors. No one is covertly building a nuclear weapon under this regime.
With a nuclear deal agreed upon, the discussion has shifted to its potential impact on Iran’s regional policies.
The Syrian refugee crisis is no longer a short-term regional issue: it is a long-term international problem that deserves a coordinated answer, especially from the EU.
Doubts have been raised and criticisms continue to be made about Lebanon’s choice of upstream petroleum fiscal terms and strategies to award oil and gas licenses.
The historic nuclear accord between Iran and the international community unveiled in Vienna helps remove a number of recent constraints on Indian foreign policy.
The recent nuclear deal between Iran, the United States, China, Russia, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom is better than existing alternatives.
Now that a nuclear deal has been reached, the United States and its GCC allies need to focus on constructive engagement with Iran and a new and more inclusive Gulf security architecture.
Both the Iran and Greece deals were tough to hammer out, but the real test will be making them work.
The Iran deal can create a new climate of cooperation and raise the prospect of peace and stability in the Middle East.
If the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood wants to maintain its coherence, the leadership has to balance the concerns of the popular base with the ways of the old guard.
Despite having passed multiple self-imposed deadlines, negotiators are hopeful that a nuclear agreement with Iran is now close.
Aid groups are warning Yemen is on the brink of famine as the Saudi-led attack intensifies.
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