UK Seeks to Strengthen Middle East Ties

November 13, 2012 by

The recent announcement that Britain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have signed a defense partnership, which could include military sales from BAE (BA.L), EADS (EADS: NV), and Finmeccanica (FNC.MI) indicates that Britain is seeking to strengthen economic as well as diplomatic ties with its Middle Eastern partners to facilitate regional security and to counter the growing threat of Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

What the Middle East will Look Like if Iran is Attacked

November 5, 2012 by

Two weeks ago the US denied that an agreement was made to meet with Iranian officials to discuss the Iranian nuclear program after the American election. It appears that Iranian officials either expect Mr. Obama to be reelected or are trying to get back to the negotiating table before they are forced to negotiate with a Romney administration. Iran seems to be signaling its opening position - that it will settle for a “break-out” nuclear capability in exchange for the end of sanctions, or an agreement with Israel not to strike.

Despite its Iran stance, Nobel Prize for the EU

October 14, 2012 by

The Nobel Peace Prize is the most prestigious honor that can be awarded. The legacy of Alfred Nobel is so matchless and incomparable that more than one century after the first Nobel Prize was awarded, it is still the most exalted and esteemed prize conferred on people who work for the promotion and advancement of the sciences and global peace.

Can a Nuclear Armed Iran Be Contained?

October 9, 2012 by

During his address at the United Nations General Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held up a diagram of a bomb to urge international action against Iran’s nuclear program. He emphasized that soon Iran will have enough enriched uranium to become a threat to the existence of Israel, and said the world has until next summer at the latest to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power.

Amidst Confusion, Canada Severs ties with Iran

September 17, 2012 by

Over a week after Canada suspended formal diplomatic relations with Iran, reaction in Canada remains mixed. While supporters of the Harper government and defenders of Israel have declared it bold and principled, a number of foreign policy analysts have raised questions about the timing, and cause of the sudden rupture. On Friday September 7th a senior diplomat from Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade arrived unannounced at the Iranian embassy in Ottawa carrying two letters.

Iran and the Non-Aligned Movement’s Struggle for Relevance

September 1, 2012 by

Last week’s unanimous decree by the 120-country non-aligned movement (NAM) supporting Iran’s development of a nuclear power capability has delegitimized the U.S. government’s claim that Iran lacks global support for its nuclear ambitions. The Tehran Declaration was unanimous in its support for Iran’s pursuit of nuclear power development and its right to develop uranium enrichment, while predictably criticizing America’s attempt to punish and isolate Iran.

Tehran’s NAM Summit

August 28, 2012 by

The 16th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement kicked off in the Iranian capital of Tehran on August 25 and the 120-member organization is slated to discuss international developments ranging from the civil war in Syria, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Iran’s nuclear program. During the summit, the rotating presidency of NAM will be conferred to Iran by Egypt. Consisting of nearly two thirds of the United Nations body, the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is the second largest international organization and its members are said to be politically independent.

When the 2012 London Olympics made Iran Proud

August 20, 2012 by

For the Iranian people, the 2012 Olympic Games in London which wrapped up earlier on August 12 was thoroughly different from the previous editions of the summer Olympics. This year’s games came on the heels of a set of biting sanctions by the United States and European Union against Iran’s banking, insurance, transportation and oil sector which have dramatically crippled Iran’s economy and severely affected innocent civilians.

Israel and the Iran Nuclear Weapons MacGuffin

August 15, 2012 by

I think there is some misunderstanding about Israel’s concern over Iran’s nuclear program. To use Alfred Hitchcock’s term, the Iranian bomb is simply “the MacGuffin”, the psychologically potent but practically insignificant pretext for action, reaction, and drama. To my mind, the main object of Israel’s foreign policy as practiced by Benjamin Netanyahu, is to preclude US and European rapprochement with Iran. If peace breaks out in the Middle East, in other words, Iran, its markets, and its oil would quickly become remarkably popular with Western governments and investors.

Iran: Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

August 14, 2012 by

I don’t know if you guys have heard, but apparently Israel is about to go to war with Iran. Not only that, but it doesn’t actually matter what is happening in Israel or the rest of the world, because any event or environment can be interpreted to mean that an Israeli strike is just around the corner. In fact, an imminent Israeli attack can be predicted based on two diametrically opposed sets of facts. For instance, in May it was reported that the decision to attack was imminent because Israeli officials were being uncharacteristically silent, and this speculation meant that an attack was about to come.

Ordinary Iranians: The Silent Victims of the Iran Sanctions

August 3, 2012 by

While the United States and the European Union compete with each other in the seemingly endless race of imposing sanctions on Iran, ordinary Iranian citizens are experiencing the brunt of these crippling embargoes. On July 31, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) sent a letter to all members of the U.S. Congress, demanding a concerted action to approve the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act, which would impose a new set of sanctions on Iran’s energy and transportation sector.

American Warships take a Toll in the Persian Gulf

July 31, 2012 by

The American foreign policy position towards Iran risks further turmoil in the Middle East unless a middle path can be found. If not, any uni or multilateral military actions by the U.S. or its allies will devolve into an unsustainable situation. The best defence is a good offense, as the common used saying goes. An already tense scenario in the Persian Gulf took a most unfortunate turn when the USNS Rappahannock, a U.S. Navy supply ship, fired at United Arab Emirates with several Indian nationals on board. Killing one and injuring three others. All four were from Tamil Nadu.

Iranian and Western Nuclear Positions following Istanbul Talks

July 17, 2012 by

The expert meeting of P5+1 countries and Iran was held last week in Istanbul following the agreement of their chief nuclear negotiators last month in Moscow to continue their talks at lower level until common grounds for further rounds of high-level talks are created. The expert meeting has reportedly further clarified the positions of both parties on various issues of common concern and is to be followed by the meeting of deputy chief nuclear negotiators on July 24th in the same venue.

Iran Sanctions: War by Other Means

July 14, 2012 by

Now that the talks with Iran on its nuclear program appear to be on the ropes, are we on the road to war? The Israelis threaten it almost weekly, and the Obama administration has reportedly drawn up an attack plan. But in a sense, we are already at war with Iran. Carl von Clausewitz, the great theoretician of modern warfare, defined war as the continuation of politics by other means. In the case of Iran, international politics has become a de-facto state of war. According to reports, the annual inflation rate in Iran is 22.2 percent, although many economists estimate it at double that.

Is the Developing World Abandoning Iran?

July 6, 2012 by

In a recent interview, the eminent geo-strategist Ian Bremmer suggested that a “nuclear-armed Iran” is inevitable because, in an emerging “G-Zero World” where no single bloc of countries can dominate international affairs, the emerging powers can frustrate the West’s efforts to thwart Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. There are basically two underlying assumptions to his argument: first, that the rising powers have the will and the capacity to ameliorate Iran’s growing isolation; and second, that Iran is willing to push its nuclear frontiers at any cost. However, recent years give lie to these assumptions. Not only are many emerging powers beginning to distance themselves from Iran, but also Tehran itself — facing the prospect of an economic meltdown — is beginning to reexamine its nuclear calculus.

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