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Iran Talks Survive despite Renewed Opposition in Tehran and Washington

Iran Talks Survive despite Renewed Opposition in Tehran and Washington

  Two days of talks in Vienna, Austria between Iran’s delegation led by Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and representatives of the P5+1 made slow progress, despite increasing efforts to sabotage the negotiations from hard-line factions in Washington, Tehran, and Tel ...

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A New Anti-Saudi Axis in the Middle East

A New Anti-Saudi Axis in the Middle East

It is an understatement to say that the Middle East is in flux and that there are unpredictable latent trends now playing out that could indeed teach even the most experienced observers that forecasts should only be short term.  One ...

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Al Assad Prepares to Celebrate Victory before Running for a New Term

Al Assad Prepares to Celebrate Victory before Running for a New Term

  The Syrian regime is quietly preparing to hold what it calls a “National Conference” where the motto will be “victory and reconciliation.”   Six known Syrian opposition figures quietly returned recently to Damascus to start talks about “a new agreement” ...

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Larger Disputes behind Suspension of CIA’s Iran Division Chief

Larger Disputes behind Suspension of CIA’s Iran Division Chief

Jonathan Bank, the head of the CIA’s Iran Operations Division, has been suspended at a crucial moment in U.S.-Iranian relations—both overt and clandestine.  Reports of Bank’s dismissal last week attributed the action to a revolt by division employees against what ...

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