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Iran Nuclear Talks: The Day After

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April 01, 2015 // 1:45pm2:45pm
What are the consequences of the latest round of U.S.-Iranian nuclear talks? Will politics in Washington, Tehran, Jerusalem, and other players in the region make a comprehensive agreement possible? Join us BY PHONE as three prominent foreign policy analysts of Iran, Israel, and U.S. policy discuss the negotiations, the region, and the future of U.S.-Iranian relations. more

A Nuclear Deal Won’t Bridge the Divide Between Iran and the U.S.

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Mar 31, 2015
"But even if an agreement is reached, four decades of hostility between Iran and the United States will not be erased overnight," writes Haleh Esfandiari. more

The High Price of U.S. Cooperation With Iran

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Mar 28, 2015
"A deal on the nuclear issue may well slow Iran’s program. That would be a good thing. But a situation where the U.S. is not moving to check Iran’s influence or, worse, making excuses for Iranian behavior is likely to create huge problems for Washington and its friends in the region," writes Aaron David Miller. more

Why Military Intervention Won't End Yemen's Crisis

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Mar 27, 2015
"The many layers of Yemen’s crisis are unlikely to be solved by military means," writes Robin Wright. more

Saudi Arabia Forms a Pan-Arab Sunni Alliance Against the Houthis

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Mar 26, 2015
Saudi Arabia has reacted to the attempt by Houthi Shi’ite rebels in Yemen to take over the entire country with Iranian backing by forming for the first time a pan-Arab Sunni military alliance against the Houthis. The Arab coalition has begun raining bombs down on Houthi positions across Yemen, and Saudi Arabia has amassed 150,000 troops along the Yemeni border. Now the Saudis and its Arab partners must decide whether and when to put “boots on the ground” in a belated attempt to stop the Houthi takeover. more

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