Iran's Strategy

It appears that Ayatollah ali Khamenei is waiting to see what the U.S. Congress decides on the nuclear deal before he gives his blessing to it. If it fails in Congress, overriding Obamaís veto, he can say he never would have approved it regardless of the congressional decision. However, if it survives the Congress, he will, as he sometimes has, claim victory with the sanctions gone.August 19, 2015

An Iranian Ploy

Those close to the Ayatollah, such as Hossein Shariatmadari writing in the newspaper Kayhan, are suggesting that the supreme leader is tilting to the hardliners in opposing the deal. This could be in preparation for his rejection after the congressional rejection or a ploy to link the U.S. opponents with the Iranian hardliners or to suggest that the P5+1 got the better of the deal as ways to sway a favorable U.S. vote. August 19, 2015

The Anatomy of Varying Views on the Iran Nuclear Deal

August 19, 2015

I have been asked to give talks here in Annapolis, my hometown, about the P5+1 agreement with Iran. The vote by Congress looms next month. It is no secret that I do not disguise my support for the deal and for my reasons for it. But my conversations and observations of others leave me a bit mystified about their positions.  ...more

Are Ayatollah's Views on the Iran Deal Emerging?

August 19, 2015

Since the international accord over Iranís nuclear program was announced July 14, many have speculated about the views of Iranís supreme leader. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has consistently supported and praised Iranís negotiating teamĖwhile never explicitly endorsing or denigrating the agreement....more


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