How to Contain Iran

Once Iran goes nuclear, the United States should be prepared to commit to the security of the Middle East.

This Week in the Middle East

ABC’s Christiane Amanpour sits down with both American secretary of state Hillary Clinton and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Republican Resolution on Iran May Just Be Political

My colleague Nick Ottens already touched upon this story yesterday, but because of the issue’s tremendous importance to the United States and the Middle East at large, I thought it would be appropriate to toss a few things into the debate. In case you happened to miss Nick’s report, a substantial portion of the Republican […]

Iran Under Pressure

Although hardly “crippling” its regime, the sanctions imposed upon Iran by the United Nations, Europe and the United States for its illegitimate nuclear program appear to have some effect at isolating the country. Brazil and Turkey approached Iran earlier this year to negotiate and reached a nuclear fuel exchange agreement in May under which Iran […]

Now It’s France’s Turn

France is prepared to start negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program within the International Atomic Energy Agency “without delay,” said President Nicolas Sarkozy on Saturday while meeting with his Russian counterpart Dmitri Medvedev. A spokesman for Sarkozy’s office said the talks would be held “on the basis of Brazilian and Turkish efforts and the […]

Turkey Awakes as a Regional Power

Turkey has worked hard in recent years to establish itself as something of a Middle Eastern power broker. With Brazil, it managed to negotiate a nuclear fuel exchange agreement with Iran last month while Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan launched a strategic partnership with Russia in February. On Thursday, the architect of Turkey’s newfound regional […]

Clinton Announces “Tough” Iran Sanctions

Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday about the new START treaty signed with Russia last April, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that a draft resolution for sanctions against Iran has been agreed upon by the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. According to Clinton, Britain, France and the […]

Do We Have a Deal?

As Brazil and Turkey reached a nuclear fuel exchange agreement with Iran on Sunday night, the most important lesson to the West may well be that the traditional nuclear powers are no longer alone at their game. According to a joint declaration released on Monday, Iran pledges to deposit 1,200 kilograms of 3.5 percent enriched […]