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Burying the Hatchet is the Precondition for US-Iran Rapprochement

by Ehsan Ahrari on August 13, 2015, No Comments

A lot of ink is being spilled analyzing the pros and cons of the recently concluded US-Iran nuclear deal between Iran and the 5+ 1 countries (4 permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany), and there is ample show of emotions about this deal involving different actors. The Arab states are upset because they concluded that its successful implementation would lead to an era of US-Iran rapprochement in which Iran, more than the Arab states, would be the focus of America’s attention. The Israelis are mad because they see the emergence of a nuclear Iran in the distant future as a result of it. More to the point, Israel’s Prime Minister , Benyamin Netanyahu, envisions that deal as the first historical step toward bringing about an end to Israel’s own preeminence, related to its nuclear deterrence in the region. A study prepared for the RAND Corporation addresses precisely that point when it notes, “Nuclear weapons would probably reinforce Iran's traditional national secu
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So Long, 2013; Welcome 2014…I Think!

by Ehsan Ahrari on January 2, 2014, No Comments

Happy new year to all my global friends and contacts! 2013 has been an okay year for the United States, in terms of its foreign policy in the Middle East and in the Asia-Pacific.  (more…)
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The US-Iran Interim Nuclear Agreement: Auspicious But Potentially Fragile

by Ehsan Ahrari on November 24, 2013, No Comments

The US-Iran nuclear deal of November 23, 2013, putting a temporary freeze on Iran's nuclear program, is likely to turn out to be the beginning of an historic development.  The most celebrated aspect of this agreement is that the top diplomats on both sides are now engaging in a highly intricate dialogue, instead talking at each other through the media. (more…)
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The much-awaited super bowl of foreign policy is about to begin in Geneva on Wednesday: What’s at Stake

by Ehsan Ahrari on October 14, 2013, No Comments

When most Muslims will be celebrating Eid-Adha (the Feast of Sacrifice) this Wednesday (16 Oct 13), the "super bowl" of diplomacy between Iran and the Perm-5+1 will start in Geneva in earnest. Iran wants legitimization of its nuclear research program from the international community.  The West would like to see Iran abandon its 20 percent HEU program and ship the already enriched stock out of that country.  Iran has already depicted that demand as a "red flag." (more…)
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Happy Days are here again, Iran!!!!!!!!!!!

by Ehsan Ahrari on June 16, 2013, No Comments

Happy Days are Here Again, Iran! Dr. Hasan Rouhaney's election as Iran's next president is, indeed, a positive development for the future of democracy in Iran.  By not officially organizing vote rigging this time, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has restored substantial aspect of legitimacy for the Islamic Republic.  As much as I celebrate Rouhaney's victory, which I also predicted last week, I am hoping that Iran's hardliners will stay out of the way and let him do his job for the development of a stable and democratic Iran. (more…)