MESOP : SABAN / BROOKINGS ON IRAN – Do Four More Months for Iran Talks Enhance American Leverage or Cede Ground to Tehran?

Natan Sachs  Fellow, Center for Middle East Policy, Foreign Policy Program

This is precisely what the Israelis — and our own Michael Doran — warned: that the temporary nature of the Joint Plan of Action will become permanent, and in the meantime, Iran will not only experience some economic recovery but actually get more a bit more sanctions relief for the extension. Though the biting pressure on Iran remains largely intact, this hardly bodes well for Iranian intentions.

One key question in my mind is what happens in four months? Do the P5+1 have a coordinated view on this? Would the administration accept congressional efforts to ratchet up sanctions — or possibly even work with the legislative branch to prepare new measures in the event that a comprehensive agreement cannot be achieved in November? I thought the congressional proposals early on were premature, but this may be the appropriate time to signal very clearly to Iran what the cost of another failure would be.

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MESOP Testimony: Iran’s Destabilizing Role in the Middle East

As the July 20 deadline for the nuclear negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran approaches, the issue of Iran’s nuclear program, and the regime’s destabilizing role in the Middle East, will continue to be a concern for U.S. and Israeli policymakers. Natan Sachs, fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy argues that both Israel and the United States must maintain a vigilant and pragmatic watch over Iran’s policies in the future. Editor’s note: On July 16, Natan Sachs delivered testimony on Israel and Iran’s role in the Middle East before a hearing of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Read his prepared testimony here.

MESOP IN DEPTH : The Rafsanjani-Khamenei Struggle Escalates Into Open, Direct Confrontation

The struggle in Iran between the pragmatic camp, led by Hashemi Rafsanjani and Iranian President Hassan Rohani, and the ideological camp, led by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) – which has been escalating in intensity over the past year, particularly in recent months – has in the past few weeks ratcheted sharply upwards (see MEMRI Inquiry and Analysis No. 1094, The Power Struggle Between Khamenei And His Camp And Rafsanjani And His Camp – Part X: The Political And Media Confrontation Escalates Into Reciprocal Threats, May 27, 2014

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Ghassemlou the Feminist?


By Zakarya Khezeryan: Kurdistan Tribune – 12-7-2014 – Heralded as the ‘prophet of peace and freedom,’ Adbul Rahman Ghassemlou (A.R.G) was a man of words, action and wisdom far beyond his years. His message, persona and name resonate with every peace and freedom-loving individual that has come to know him.

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Iran: 35 years of success against democracy, human rights and peace in the Middle East and world

By Rebwar Rashed: Kurdistan Tribune : President Carter spent New Year’s Eve in 1977 with the Shah and toasted Iran as “an island of stability in one of the more troubled areas of the world”. Less than two years later came the so-called Iranian Revolution. Iran was not as stable as the Carter administration thought.On 4th November 1979, 52 American diplomats and citizens were held hostage for 444 days (They were released on January 20, 1981).Then came the Iranian war against the Kurdish people, one of the most original nations of the Middle East, and against the Arab people of Ahwaz, the Balochs and the leftists and democratic-minded of Iran. Then the Iran-Iraq war became a reality on 12th September 1980, followed by the Iranian intervention in Lebanon, Syria, Sudan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the Arab Emirates, Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. weiterlesen / click to continue


Fars News Agency reports that in the first four months of the Iranian calendar year, there was a 19 percent increase in bilateral trade between Iran and Germany. In addition, there are currently 50 German companies in Iran that work on infrastructure projects, particularly in the petrochemical sector.


Iran: Independent Kurdistan is Israel’s dream

07.07.2014 – BasNews, Tehran – Iran is opposed to an independent Kurdish state breaking away from Iraq, a senior Iranian official said last Sunday. The Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) reported that Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hoseyn Amir-Abdollahian is against Kurdish independence.

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Iranian Foreign Minister: Kurdish State ‘Part of a Zionist Plot’


The only entity an independent Kurdistan would serve is Israel & Tehran will not allow that to take place, says Iranian foreign minister.

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Outcome of Iraqi Crisis Far from Certain / Iran Review’s Exclusive Interview with Nader Entessar


By: Firouzeh Mirrazavi – 7-July – 2014 – The ISIL militants in Iraq have launched a systematic ethnic cleansing campaign in the areas they have seized, killing people indiscriminately. Last week, the ISIL announced that it was establishing what it called a caliphate on the territories under its control in Syria and Iraq. Over one million Iraqis have fled homes over the month as the ISIL terrorists seized Mosul, Tikrit and other cities in the northwest areas. Tikrit was recaptured later by the Iraqi army. According to estimates by the United Nations and official Iraqi data, more than 2,400 people were killed in June.

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While meeting with Belgian foreign ministry officials in Tehran, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, was quoted by ISNA as saying, “This phenomenon of terrorism and extremism isn’t limited to only the Middle East region, it will have global consequences.” He added, “Unconventional methods used in changing political systems must come to an end.”

Fars News Agency reports that Ayad Allawi, the former interim Prime Minister of Iraq said, “The growing conflict in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon has regional and global ramifications. This requires a conference with the foreign ministers of Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, the secretary general of the Arab League, the secretary general of the United Nations, a representative from the GCC, as well as representatives of Iraq’s different political blocs.”

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