May 14, 2013
As the P5+1’s lead negotiator meets her Iranian counterpart tomorrow and Congress weighs new sanctions legislation, most observers expect little movement until after Iranian elections scheduled for one month from today. In this relative quiet, bipartisan voices are urging heightened Washington focus on a negotiated solution, even an imperfect one. Yesterday’s release of a CNAS [...]
April 18, 2013
Yesterday, a distinguished panel of former senior American officials and outside experts released the latest in a series of reports from bipartisan experts making the case for the need for balancing sanctions and military pressure with a renewed diplomatic engagement with Iran as the best way to achieve America’s goals towards Iran and the broader [...]
March 21, 2013
Note to readers: The NSN Daily Update will be on a brief spring break next week. As President Obama visits Israel, the leadership of both countries displayed strong trust in the White House’s approach to nuclear negotiations with Iran – and its commitment to preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. The security establishments of [...]
March 4, 2013
Last week in Almaty, Kazakhstan, the first round of nuclear negotiations in eight months between Western powers and Iran generated modest forward momentum. National security leaders looked with concern at new moves in Congress and stressed that the United States must be able to support its Israeli ally and signal its intentions clearly while retaining [...]
February 28, 2013
“The resolution reiterates strong support for Israel and concern with Iran’s nuclear research – two sentiments no one would argue,” Heather Hurlburt, director of the National Security Network, told IPS.
“Those who vote on it will understand that it is hortatory and doesn’t have any effect on U.S. national security decision-making, but that may not be so clear to observers overseas,” continued Hurlburt, a former staffer in Madeleine Albright’s State Department under President Bill Clinton.
“It’s critical that the U.S. be seen to retain decision-making flexibility as negotiations seem to be moving toward a more sensitive phase,” she said.
February 21, 2013
Next week P5+1 negotiators will meet with their Iranian counterparts in Almaty, Kazakhstan. As Western powers freshen their offer to Iran, strong economic pressure from sanctions and international isolation have brought Iran to the table, but internal Iranian politics make expectations low for now. As experts ask the hardest questions about the region’s nuclear future, [...]
February 12, 2013
Republicans Bring Iran Into North Korea Discussion By Rosie Gray and John Stanton February 12, 2013 | BuzzFeed The foreign policy issue that seems to swallow all others in Washington — the prospect of a nuclear Iran — absorbed on Tuesday even the reality of a nuclear North Korea, as President Barack Obama’s critics moved [...]
February 5, 2013
The latest round of negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran over the latter’s controversial nuclear program has been scheduled for later this month in Kazakhstan. Earlier this week, Iran’s foreign minister cautiously welcomed an offer from Vice President Biden for bilateral talks between the two countries. Political turmoil inside Iran may make it harder for [...]
January 30, 2013
Behind the politics and smears surrounding Senator Chuck Hagel’s nomination as Secretary of Defense are a series of profound questions about how the United States should act in the world, and what constitutes strength and leadership. His confirmation hearing tomorrow provides an opportunity for Senators to air these genuine differences, and for Senator Hagel to [...]
January 24, 2013
Yesterday, Secretary Clinton used one of her last public appearances as Secretary of State to make a clear call for U.S. engagement in the world beyond our shores: “The United States must continue to lead… in the Middle East and all around the globe. We have come a long way in the past four years. [...]