Analysis Brief

Two-track Diplomacy on Iran

Calls for negotiations on Iraq combined with a UN draft resolution and local elections have put Iran in the headlines. Meanwhile, Tehran maneuvers to reassert itself in a refashioned Middle East.

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Analysis Brief

Bundling Mideast Policy

The United States and its allies may be pondering a shift in strategy that would fold nuclear negotiations with Iran into a wider plan that addresses all of the Middle East’s crises, including the threat of civil wars in Iraq, Lebanon, and the Palestinian territories.

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Analysis Brief

Somalia Exporting Discord?

A new UN report details a complex and troubling exchange that allegedly provided weapons to Somalia’s Islamist power brokers in exchange for dispatching Islamist commandos to Hezbollah and opening Somali uranium mines to Iran.

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Iran Grapples with Nuclear Issue

Iran appears to be headed for another showdown with the West over its nuclear program. Meanwhile, an eighteen-year-old letter from Ayatollah Khomeini is generating debate inside Iran about the proper path for resolving the nuclear issue.

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Iran's Leader Makes the Rounds

The UN visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his multiple meetings and media appearances seem to have temporarily taken the steam out of U.S. efforts to isolate him. The start of the UN General Assembly session has been notable for the level of anti-American invective by speakers.

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