The Iran deal reached last week has created a moment of cautious optimism. The agreement exceeded expectations, but a final deal has yet to be reached.
Tensions with Iran could finally ease once a nuclear deal is reached.
The status of the Iran nuclear talks is crucial for the further development of the region.
The Iran deal signed last week is significant. However, major obstacles and serious concerns among regional countries remain.
A roundup of international news including the Iran Deal, the Germanwings crash, and the Al-Shabab attacks in Kenya.
Negotiators in Switzerland announced a “tentative agreement” to limit Iran’s nuclear program and Federica Mogherini, European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, said EU sanctions against Iran will end.
The nuclear program framework agreed to by Iran and six world powers would limit that country’s uranium enrichment and its number of centrifuges. After verification, the European Union, the UN, and the United States would lift sanctions.
The ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran face significant obstacles, including domestic politics in Iran and the opposition of the hardliners.
The fighting in Yemen has created a humanitarian crisis inside the country.
Saudi Arabia is using the war against the Houthis to consolidate Saudi influence and control over Yemen, including the Port of Aden.
Iran appears to be increasing its military presence in the Middle East, raising a lot of questions about just what its ambitions are.
A Saudi-led aerial bombing campaign in Yemen comes after four years of a United Nations-backed political solution that ended up creating more violence than peace.
The self-proclaimed Islamic State uses media propaganda to compensate for military losses. The media must not become a platform for the group to promote its messages, as it seeks to assert power and influence.
Four years after Gaddafi’s downfall, Libya faces the prospect of a full-blown civil war. How much responsibility do Europeans have for restoring stability in the country?
Signs of genuine disunity inside the ISIS ranks would be something new, and a potentially important development for the countries locked in battle with the group.
Frederic Wehrey discusses evidence of the use of cluster munitions as well as the ongoing civil war in Libya.
Netanyahu’s speech to the Congress makes it harder for the administration to sell a nuclear deal in the United States.
The big unknown at this point in the negotiations is how much Iran is willing to concede in its enrichment program in order to get sanctions relief. While Iran wishes to remove all sanctions immediately, the United States and its allies would like to see the sanctions removed gradually.
Ambassador William Burns, president of the Carnegie Endowment, discusses his diplomatic career and the issues currently impacting today’s world.
Bill Burns is the former deputy Secretary of State and former U.S. Ambassador to both Russia and Jordan. Burns discussed his career in government and his current role as president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.