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IranP5+1 Talkssanctionssandy bergerMonday, April 6, 2015

Sandy Berger: the Fantasy of a Better Iran Deal

Writing in Politico Magazine, NSN Advisory Board Chair Sandy Berger had the following caution for those who think more sanctions will lead to a better deal: [I]t is highly unlikely that even our allies in Europe would join us in further sanctions against Iran in the wake of a nuclear agreement they believe is sensible and positive. That is even truer for other countries—like India, Japan, South Korea and China—that were pulled into the existing sanctions regime quite unwillingly. The support of these countries for the oil sanctions in particular has been critical to the sanctions’ effectiveness. They will not willingly sign up for more… Indeed, the proponents of tougher sanctions to get a “better” deal have misunderstood the nature of the Iranian sanctions. The… Read More ›

CongressConservativesIranP5+1 TalkssanctionsMonday, March 16, 2015

Republicans Continue Politicizing Iran Negotiations, Offer No Constructive Alternative

Republicans Continue Politicizing Iran Negotiations, Offer No Constructive Alternative March 16, 2015 Sen. Tom Cotton’s (R-AR) letter, signed by 46 of his Senate Republican colleagues and Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA), continued to roil the debate over the Iran nuclear negotiations this weekend. The letter, which was addressed to Iran’s leadership and condescendingly (and inaccurately) described the U.S. system of government, has been condemned as a reckless and juvenile political stunt. It has further politicized the already partisan debate at a critical moment, as P5+1 diplomats resume talks this week with Iranian negotiators in the hopes of reaching a political framework agreement. Sen. Cotton has stated that his goal is to collapse the talks, but even those who have said that they would like to play… Read More ›

NATORussiasanctionsUkraineVladimir PutinFriday, March 6, 2015

Why the U.S. Should Not Arm Ukraine Right Now

Why the U.S. Should Not Arm Ukraine Right Now March 6, 2015 Today, members of Congress and outside voices are continuing the push to send lethal aid to Kiev. These calls are ill-timed, especially while a tenuous ceasefire seems to have taken hold pursuant to the Minsk II agreement reached last month between European powers, Ukraine, and Russia. While the future of the ceasefire remains very much in doubt, a decision to send arms to Kiev now would carry more cost than benefits, undermining rather than protecting U.S. and European interests. Top costs include inducing Russian escalation, giving Putin political cover to violate the ceasefire, and undermining transatlantic unity in confronting Moscow’s aggression. Despite these costs, American arms will not empower Kiev to successfully resist… Read More ›

Benjamin NetanyahuCongressIranIsraelP5+1 TalkssanctionsTuesday, March 3, 2015

Why Netanyahu Is Still Wrong on Iran

Why Netanyahu Is Still Wrong on Iran March 3, 2015 This morning, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will give a contentious address before Congress. Due to the politicization of the speech – Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) did not consult the Obama Administration in inviting Netanyahu, and invited the Prime Minister in the middle of an Israeli election campaign – a quarter of congressional Democrats have announced they will not be attending. But members of Congress don’t need to attend Netanyahu’s speech to know the message he’ll deliver – the Prime Minister has made clear his opposition to any agreement with Iran which would allow it to maintain an enrichment capability. This belief that the international community could negotiate a deal in which Iran would give… Read More ›

CongressConservativesIranP5+1 TalkssanctionsWednesday, January 28, 2015

More Legislative Threats to Iran Negotiations Loom

More Legislative Threats to Iran Negotiations Loom Sen. Robert Menendez’s (D-NJ) decision yesterday to postpone voting on a new sanctions bill that would have disrupted U.S. negotiations with Iran was a strong step to preserve the diplomatic process to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. The bill, which is still scheduled to go through mark-up tomorrow, is opposed by U.S. negotiating partners because it would push Iran away from the talks and jeopardize the international coalition that has enforced sanctions so far. While postponing a vote is good news for diplomacy, it only defers what will continue to be a threat to undo the negotiations, and other congressional proposals require urgent attention. Congress should focus on constructive legislation that reinforces U.S. negotiators’ work rather… Read More ›

IranP5+1 TalkssanctionsWednesday, January 21, 2015

Paul Eaton Cheers Continuing Demise of Iran Sanctions Bill

Top retired General cheers continuing demise of Iran sanctions bill January 21, 2015 | Vet Voice Foundation  Washington, DC – With rumors swirling that sponsors of an Iran sanctions bill are struggling to find Democratic support, and a veto threat issued by President Obama in last night’s State of the Union, a major veterans organization is optimistic that diplomatic efforts to end Iran’s nuclear ambitions will continue. “Interference by Congress won’t strengthen our negotiators’ hand, it will make it harder for them to do their job,” said Major General (Ret.) Paul Eaton, Managing Director of the Vet Voice Foundation. “Diplomacy is far more likely to work without backseat driving from Congress.  Congress has the responsibility to do everything it can before putting American troops in harm’s way… Read More ›

diplomacyRussiasanctionsUkraineWednesday, July 23, 2014

Increasing Pressure on Russia to Resolve the Ukraine Conflict

Increasing Pressure on Russia to Resolve the Ukraine Conflict July 23, 2014 Following the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) in eastern Ukraine, the West faces challenges in coordinating a significant increase in pressure on Russia to bring an end to the regional conflict.  Thus far, relatively modest sanctions by the United States and Europe have been effective in imposing costs on the Russian economy and were likely a factor in the removal of Russian forces from the border and Moscow’s backing away from the threat of invading eastern Ukraine. Nonetheless, Russian support for separatists has continued to fuel the conflict. Short of an unlikely reversal of Russian policy, the United States should employ more assertive diplomatic measures. Perhaps the greatest challenge facing Washington… Read More ›

diplomacyRussiasanctionsUkraineWednesday, April 16, 2014

Economic Statecraft and Near-Term Options to Impose Costs on Russia

Economic Statecraft and Near-Term Options to Impose Costs on Russia April 16, 2014 The United States and Europe are likely to wait until after their talks in Geneva tomorrow with Russia and Ukraine before imposing additional sanctions on Moscow for its apparent covert involvement in the pro-Russian uprisings in eastern Ukraine. Nonetheless, a strong set of economic tools are available to impose costs on Russia as the West further adapts economic statecraft for disciplinary purposes towards Moscow. Because any such measures require joint U.S.-EU action to be successful – as with any other courses of action – the diplomatic challenges to sizably escalating economic costs on Russia are very real. Yet, recent comments by the British Foreign Minister indicate that Europe may be on track… Read More ›

RussiasanctionsUkraineMonday, April 14, 2014

U.S. Leading Ukraine Response as Russia Escalates

U.S. Leading Ukraine Response as Russia Escalates April 14, 2014 Over the weekend, pro-Russian militants took control of some key infrastructure in six cities in eastern Ukraine during a coordinated operation.  American officials have concluded that the operation was facilitated by Russia and the government in Kiev has alleged that Russian intelligence forces are in eastern Ukraine overseeing operations. These moves come as Russia has deployed tens of thousands of forces to its border with Ukraine. Kiev has deployed military forces to the areas experiencing unrest and is threatening what it is calling armed “anti-terrorism” operations. In response, the United States is coordinating with its European partners to expand the sanctions – last updated on Friday – that are already in place and having both… Read More ›

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