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Moscow Talks Grind To Halt; Some Progress Claimed

"The goal of winning "concrete steps" from Iran is still far away. This gives fuel to those who argue that time is running out because Iran continues to expand its enrichment and other nuclear work. And it puts a question mark over what the results in Moscow mean going forward," writes Iran nuclear expert Michael Adler.

Does Iran’s New President Open a Path to Nuclear Compromise?

Will Iran’s new president defuse the confrontation with the United States over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program? Rowhani has the credentials to bring a new spirit to the talks writes Michael Adler in Breaking Defense.

Why 'Soft' Power in Iran is Counterproductive

Haleh Esfandiari and Robert Litwak explain why the realities in the diplomatic arena and on the ground in Iran call for a change of approach in U.S. foreign policy.
Is the Arab Awakening Marginalizing Women?

Is the Arab Awakening Marginalizing Women? (Summer 2012)

In this publication, based on papers presented at a conference on May 14, 2012 at the Wilson Center, leading women scholars and activists analyze the strategies by which opponents of women’s rights seek to marginalize women and the strategies by which women have sought to protect and expand these rights.

Egypt: The Closing of the Political Space

The election of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to the presidency brings Egypt one step closer to the full implementation of the transitional road map. The last step, the holding of parliamentary elections, is also on schedule. Yet Egypt is not getting closer to democracy. The lopsided result of the presidential elections, with 96.91 of the votes going to al-Sisi, is not a sign of healthy pluralism. The draft of the new parliamentary election law will further hamper pluralism and it will promote fragmentation by reserving about 70 percent of parliamentary seats for independent candidates.

Iran's Offer to Talk About Its Nuclear Program Eases Tension For Now

“Iran showed this week that it has a policy every bit as dual track as the one the United States is pursuing against it,” writes Public Policy Scholar Michael Adler. “In a dramatic gesture, Iran stepped away from warnings of military retaliation to offer talks on a nuclear program Washington fears could lead to the bomb for the Islamic Republic.”

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