iran nuclear agreement
Sens. Bob Corker and Tom Cotton are working on legislation that could lead the U.S. to sanction Iran -- even if it is abiding by the 2015 deal.
BEIRUT -- All this hawkishness toward Russia, Iran and Syria is most likely about showing Democrat toughness and savvy in contrast to Donald Trump.
President Obama will be out of office soon. These last victories will soon become legacies of an American leader who chose peace over war. President Rouhani, however, is just getting started.
Despite the recent achievements on Iran-U.S. relations, which have been unprecedented since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the wall of mistrust between Washington and Tehran remains thick. It is of critical importance for the pragmatists on each side to ensure they stick to fully implementing the nuclear deal.
Congress passed a measure that will prevent visa-free travel to the United States for people who have visited Iran or hold Iranian nationality.
Iran's hardliners continue to resist and undermine the nuclear deal.
One caveat: Lawmakers insist that international inspectors have only limited access to Iran's military sites.
For U.S. policymakers who seek to advance more sensible U.S. policies in the region, understanding Iran's positions is critical. Relying on delusions about Iranian policies and aims, as well as about American ones, is not only ineffective, but wholly counterproductive.
The Vienna nuclear agreement between Iran and the West was a major milestone for the geostrategic future of the Middle East, but it was also a breath of fresh air for Iranian civil society. There is now the possibility of Iranian civil society playing a different and more constructive role in the future of Iranian politics.
TEHRAN -- Now that efforts to block the nuclear agreement in the U.S. Congress have failed, millions of Iranians are hoping that politicians in Iran and the U.S. will work together to open economic opportunities, end political isolation and expand ties with the world. With these steps, the Iranian middle class will be determined to show the country's real face, one that has been buried under years of sanctions and military threats.
Republican members of Congress should abandon efforts to sabotage the agreement and acknowledge that security is better achieved through diplomacy than through militarism.