A comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran is not an end in itself but a necessary precondition for a more effective EU policy in an unraveling region.
Political dysfunction in Washington is a much greater threat to every American than the Islamic State will ever be.
The risk of a failure to reach a comprehensive deal with Iran is growing. However, a gradualist approach is the most realistic option for solving the nuclear issue.
It’s easy to forget just how remarkable the nuclear talks with Iran are and that there is no better alternative to the current approach.
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.
President Obama’s big legacy could be seen as empowering Tehran.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei continues to procrastinate because he hopes to tactically leverage U.S. President Barack Obama’s eagerness for a deal into even better terms.
While the United States and Iran have shared numerous adversaries, such as the Soviet Union, the Taliban, al-Qaeda, and now the Islamic Staet, the strategic enmity between the two countries has prevailed.
While Iranian president Hassan Rouhani represents the popular opinion of a population that wants to be integrated with the outside world, the main levers of power in Iran are all controlled by the office of the Supreme Leader.