Sanctions Target Putin’s Political Allies As Crimea Annexation Bill Moves Forward

By: Friday March 21, 2014 5:57 am

Russia’s lower house of parliament voted to officially annex Crimea, a move the upper house is expected to follow up with today completing the process of annexation under Russian law. This formal annexation makes it increasingly less likely Crimea will ever be returned to Ukraine. Ukrainian forces have already started to withdraw from the region. [...]

Obama Administration Denies Imminent Bilateral Talks With Iran

By: Sunday October 21, 2012 8:12 am

The White House is denying a report in the New York Times claiming that they will conduct one-on-one talks with Iran over their nuclear program. The bilateral negotiations, the fruit of a secret back-channel process according to the Times, would not occur until after the Presidential election, at the Iranian’s request, so they can have [...]

As Sanctions Take Effect, Iranian Economy Starts to Collapse, Fueling Unrest

By: Wednesday October 3, 2012 9:42 am

Reports indicate fresh clashes with riot police inside Tehran, Iran today, but they do not have necessarily the same rationale as the Arab uprising. These stem from the collapse of the Iranian currency, a direct result of international sanctions on the Islamic Republic over their nuclear program. Clashes erupted in the center of the Iranian [...]

Panetta Downplays Imminent Israeli Strike on Iranian Nuclear Facilities

By: Wednesday August 15, 2012 6:55 am

Rumors about a possible Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear facilities forced US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to comment on the reports, but not in the most reassuring way, saying that Israel has not yet made their decision on an attack. “I don’t believe they’ve made a decision as to whether or not they will go [...]

Iran Nuclear Negotiations End, With No Timetable for the Future

By: Wednesday June 20, 2012 7:36 am

With significant factions on both sides rooting for failure in the Iranian nuclear talks, it should come as no surprise that they came up short after wrapping up last night. A U.S. administration official said that after so many hours of tough exchanges, the parties need to talk to each other, parse what had been [...]

Iran Nuclear Talks Begin in Moscow, With Little Hope for Progress

By: Monday June 18, 2012 9:01 am

A new round of talks on the Iranian nuclear program opened in Moscow today, and Iran has already made an opening bid: Three hours after the talks began, a report on state-controlled Iranian television said that Iran would not consider curtailing the enrichment of uranium to 20 percent — a key goal for international mediators [...]

Hardliners on Both Sides Push Iran Diplomacy Further Apart

By: Monday May 28, 2012 9:00 am

Hopes that last week’s diplomatic round between the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, plus Germany) and Iran would produce progress on the nuclear question have begun to wane, hampered by a media pushback from hardliners on both sides. From the West, we’ve had a series of somewhat dubious articles about [...]

Iran-West Nuclear Negotiations Will Continue in June

By: Thursday May 24, 2012 12:57 pm

Negotiations between Iran and the P5+1, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany, wrapped up today in Baghdad and the best news from the meeting is that there will be another round of talks, in Moscow, next month. As long as the two sides keep talking, something good could transpire. The [...]

UN Makes Agreement on Nuclear Inspections In Iran, But Senate Passes More Sanctions Anyway

By: Tuesday May 22, 2012 8:55 am

The UN’s nuclear watchdog announced a deal with Iran to inspect their nuclear facilities, a day before a second round of talks between Iran and Western powers. Yukiya Amano of the International Atomic Energy Agency said the deal would be signed soon, after a two-day trip to Tehran to work out the details. The IAEA [...]

North Korea-US Nuclear Deal Dies

By: Wednesday April 18, 2012 6:14 am

The short version here is that North Korea and the United States agreed to a deal that would have seen the North Koreans end nuclear tests, long-range missile tests and uranium enrichment, and allow inspectors into the country, in exchange for food aid from the Americans. Then North Korea tested a long-range missile – a [...]

Rand Paul, Lonely Voice Against War With Iran

By: Wednesday March 28, 2012 1:17 pm

Allow me to agree with Rand Paul. We already have significant sanctions on Iran, which mainly hurt the population rather than the regime. The Senate wanted to take another dip with an even more stringent set of sanctions. And Paul said no. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) blocked an effort Tuesday to quickly pass a bipartisan [...]

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