As nuclear talks between Iran and major powers resume, the moment is ripe for a U.S.-led diplomatic offensive, backed by economic incentives, to persuade Iran to abandon its uranium enrichment program, says CFR's Matthew Fuhrmann.
Writing in The Atlantic, Reza Aslan analyzes recent revelations in WikiLeaks cables that expose an inner conflict between more established, conservative elements in Iranian government and an Ahmadinejad that advocated concessions on nuclear programs and democratic freedoms.
In an issue of The Washington Quarterly focused on the topic of India's foreign policy, Harsh V. Pant describes the nature of India's relations with Iran, especially with respect to its alignment with the United States.
Mohamad Bazzi says last year's unrest and violent crackdown in Iran were actually battles in a larger war that has been raging for centuries within Shiism: a struggle over who should rule the faithful, and how.
Authors: Eric S. Edelman, Andrew F. Krepinevich Jr., and Evan Braden Montgomery
It is unclear how a nuclear-armed Iran would weigh the costs, benefits, and risks of brinkmanship, meaning that it could be difficult to deter Tehran from attacking the United States' interests or partners in the region.
Talks between Iran and the P5+1 ended with plans to meet in Istanbul next month, but the differences between the two sides suggest a long road ahead dotted with meetings that don't go very far, says Iran expert Robin Wright.
Former U.S. secretary of state Condoleezza Rice reflects on her time in the Bush administration and issues faced after 9/11, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She also discusses the damaging effects of WikiLeaks and the geopolitical challenges of Iran and North Korea.
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