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    A Self-Inflicted Wound: Obama’s Vacillation on Iran

    The sham agreement signed on May 17 by Iran with Brazil and Turkey to swap low enriched uranium for fuel for the Tehran research reactor has been widely exposed as little more than Iranian effort to divide and confuse the international community and buy time for the construction of a … More

    Morning Bell: Time to Change Course in the Middle East

    Early Monday morning in the international waters of the Mediterranean Sea, helicopters lowered Israeli Commandos onto a Turkish-flagged ferry carrying 600 passengers determined to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza. Beset by activists armed with poles, knives and guns, the Israelis defended themselves, and the resulting violence left at least nine … More

    New START Negotiations: Show Us the Records!

    The Obama administration’s drive to win Senate approval of the New START arms treaty with Russia has hit a speed bump. Several senators are asking to see the secret negotiating record from the administration’s official talks with Russia. Why? Because U.S. and Russian officials publicly disagree about what the treaty … More

    Red Flags on Iran

    “The lights are turning red,” droned the song by the Eagles. They could have been singing about Iran, which continues to make US foreign policy look like a bad Saturday Night Live skit. In last minute deal making with Russia over sanctions on Iran, the US caved to Moscow objections … More

    If the S-300 Sale is Allowed, Obama's Russian "Reset" Policy Has Failed

    According to The New York Times, the Obama administration has agreed that Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missiles will be allowed for sale to Iran under the UN Security sanctions proposal. This loophole will be allowed under the “defense weapons sales” which Moscow demanded as a concession in exchange for its support … More

    Lessons from Iran’s Latest Diplomatic Ploy

    Although it remains to be seen whether Iran’s latest diplomatic ploy, assisted by Turkey and Brazil, will actually lead to any lasting agreement on a nuclear fuel swap, Tehran’s recent behavior teaches several lessons, according to Patrick Clawson, a leading Iran expert based at the Washington Institute for Near East … More

    Iran’s Nuclear Diplomacy Helps to Pull Teeth from U.N. Sanctions

    The Obama Administration unfortunately has been outmaneuvered by Iran and hoisted on its own petard. By trumpeting the supposed benefits of diplomatic engagement and ignoring its own deadlines for Iran to meaningfully engage, it left the door open for Tehran to engage the leaders of Turkey and Brazil, who share … More

    Iran’s "New Deal" on its Nuclear Stockpile: A Real Turkey

    Iran announced today that it had reached an agreement with Turkey and Brazil to exchange some of its stockpile of low enriched uranium for more highly enriched uranium that can be used to fuel its research reactor in Tehran. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced the controversial deal in a three … More

    START Problems Proliferating

    Is the Senate likely to consent to the ratification of New START? It might appear so now, but things can change. At the moment, it appears that approval will turn on whether the Obama Administration’s commitment to modernizing the nuclear weapons infrastructure is adequate in the eyes of the Senate … More

    Another Nuclear Carrot for Russia Despite Its Troublesome Ties with Iran

    Since hitting the “reset button” on Russian-American relations last year, the Obama Administration has signed a flawed START nuclear arms control treaty with Moscow, and last week submitted a controversial accord on Russian-American civilian nuclear cooperation to Congress for approval. The Russia 123 agreement, first submitted by the Bush Administration … More