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  • Iranians Support Nuclear Deal, but Enthusiasms Tempered Ahead of Election February 5, 2016article-2341635-1A51B2C6000005DC-569_634x414With only three weeks remaining before Majlis and Assembly of Experts elections, a poll conducted by the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland provides insights into the views and attitudes of the Iranian public. Speaking at the Wilson Center this week, research scholar Ebrahim Mohseni ...
  • Can Iran Get Out of Its Own Way? February 1, 2016Rouhani_0Iran wasted no time seizing its newfound diplomatic maneuverability. Two weeks after its nuclear deal with global powers was implemented, President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Italy and France with a clear message to the world: Iran is open for business. De-escalating tensions with the West facilitated $55 billion worth of ...
  • 3 Steps to Ensure U.S.-Iran Dialogue Continues Under Future Administrations January 20, 2016NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 27:  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the United Nations April 27, 2015, in New York City. The two were meeting at the opening of a UN conference on a global anti-nuclear weapons treaty, attempting to make progress in talks on a long-term nuclear deal.  (Photo by Jason DeCrow-Pool/Getty Images)Doubting the power of diplomacy is like doubting climate change at this point. Despite the skepticism Barack Obama faced in the 2008 elections for his willingness to talk to adversaries — including accusations of naiveté from Democratic and Republican rivals alike, Obama’s diplomacy has now both prevented a disastrous war ...
  • U.S. Sidelines Itself in the Rush to Iran January 19, 2016Iran Sanctions Apple The lifting of sanctions on Iran is an important milestone that has the potential to herald a new era in political and economic relations between Iran and the West. The big question on the table now, however, is whether the United States will be a part of this new era ...
  • The U.S.-Iran Prisoner Swap Is Yet Another Victory for Diplomacy and Human Rights January 16, 2016WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 6: FILE,
The Washington Post via Getty Images's Jason Rezaian at The Washington Post via Getty Images in Washington, DC on November 6, 2013. 
(Photo by Zoeann Murphy/The Washington Post via Getty Images)Diplomacy’s great promise is that one can never predict where discussions will lead once they have begun. Serious, sustained negotiations first produced a historic nuclear deal between the U.S. and Iran. They continued working together to ensure that 10 American sailors were released from Iranian custody less than 24 hours ...


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