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.
As the United States ends its combat role in Afghanistan, strategic cooperation with Iran has become absolutely critical for securing India’s interests in Afghanistan and Central Asia.
Most of the details of the framework agreement with Iran were voiced by Western negotiators and leaders, or expressed in a U.S. “fact sheet” that may or may not precisely represent Iranian understandings.
The dramatic turn of events in Yemen with “Operation Decisive Storm” is more than a battle against the Houthis. It is about the Saudi comeback in regional politics in the Middle East.
The ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran face significant obstacles, including domestic politics in Iran and the opposition of the hardliners.
The French are worried that the P5+1 negotiations have transformed into a U.S.-Iran rapprochement and that traditional American allies, both in Middle East and Europe, are being sacrificed to this goal.
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.
The Obama administration’s focus on negotiations to stop Tehran’s nuke program overlooks the real problems in the Middle East.
While a nuclear agreement with Iran would be a major diplomatic achievement, the EU should look to go much further than the nuclear issue in its relations with the country.