Showing posts tagged as "ali vaez"

Showing posts tagged ali vaez

22 Nov
Peter Kenyon, Ali Vaez

Cautious Optimism As Iran Nuclear Talks Resume

Cautious Optimism As Iran Nuclear Talks Resume | Peter Kenyon

Envoys from Iran and six world powers are set to resume talks in Geneva Wednesday on Iran’s suspect nuclear program. Considerable progress was made in the last round on an interim deal that would temporarily freeze Iran’s nuclear program while easing some of the international economic sanctions. There are cautious hopes on both sides that the interim deal can be finalized at this session.

FULL ARTICLE (NPR)

Photo: European External Action Service - EEAS/Flickr

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20 Nov
World powers, Iran in new attempt to clinch nuclear deal | Justyna Pawlak and Parisa Hafezi
Big powers resumed talks on Wednesday on a preliminary deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program with Russia and Britain confident a breakthrough could be clinched and Iran spelling out “red lines” but saying it wanted friendly ties with all nations.
Keen to end a long standoff and head off the risk of a wider Middle East war, the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany came close to winning concessions from Tehran on its nuclear activity in return for some sanctions relief at negotiations in Geneva earlier this month.
FULL ARTICLE (Reuters)
Photo: European External Action Service - EEAS/Flickr

World powers, Iran in new attempt to clinch nuclear deal | Justyna Pawlak and Parisa Hafezi

Big powers resumed talks on Wednesday on a preliminary deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program with Russia and Britain confident a breakthrough could be clinched and Iran spelling out “red lines” but saying it wanted friendly ties with all nations.

Keen to end a long standoff and head off the risk of a wider Middle East war, the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany came close to winning concessions from Tehran on its nuclear activity in return for some sanctions relief at negotiations in Geneva earlier this month.

FULL ARTICLE (Reuters)

Photo: European External Action Service - EEAS/Flickr

11 Nov
Radio France International

Ali Vaez on Iran nuclear talks

Analyst Ali Vaez spoke to Radio France International about this weekend’s nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1.

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21 Oct
All Sides Say Iran Talks Get Serious While Long Road Remains | Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, Kambiz Foroohar and Jonathan Tirone
The pace of talks on Iran’s nuclear program picked up after a two-day meeting in Geneva, as the participants described a new level of intensity in negotiations and agreed to reconvene next month.
U.S. and European diplomats said the discussions, the first since Hassan Rouhani was elected president and pledged to repair Iran’s global standing, went into more detail than previous rounds and took place in a better atmosphere. Specialists will meet on technical and sanctions-related aspects of the proposals before Nov. 7, when political talks will resume in the Swiss city.
FULL ARTICLE (Businessweek) 
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All Sides Say Iran Talks Get Serious While Long Road Remains | Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, Kambiz Foroohar and Jonathan Tirone

The pace of talks on Iran’s nuclear program picked up after a two-day meeting in Geneva, as the participants described a new level of intensity in negotiations and agreed to reconvene next month.

U.S. and European diplomats said the discussions, the first since Hassan Rouhani was elected president and pledged to repair Iran’s global standing, went into more detail than previous rounds and took place in a better atmosphere. Specialists will meet on technical and sanctions-related aspects of the proposals before Nov. 7, when political talks will resume in the Swiss city.

FULL ARTICLE (Businessweek) 

Photo: Flickr/European External Action Service - EEAS

27 Sep
Unwinding of Iran sanctions would prove difficult | Gary Gentile
Hope that Iran and the US might be closer to resolving the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program have led some to ask how quickly sanctions that have choked off Iran’s ability to sell crude, access financial systems, and repatriate money it earns from global oil sales could end.
But analysts point out that the tangled web of US and international sanctions against Iran would be difficult to unwind even if Western nations wanted to provide incentives or reward Iran’s new regime for concessions regarding its nuclear program.
FULL ARTICLE (Platts) 
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Unwinding of Iran sanctions would prove difficult | Gary Gentile

Hope that Iran and the US might be closer to resolving the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program have led some to ask how quickly sanctions that have choked off Iran’s ability to sell crude, access financial systems, and repatriate money it earns from global oil sales could end.

But analysts point out that the tangled web of US and international sanctions against Iran would be difficult to unwind even if Western nations wanted to provide incentives or reward Iran’s new regime for concessions regarding its nuclear program.

FULL ARTICLE (Platts) 

Photo: danwalker90/Flickr

6 Sep
Syria Crisis Yet to Derail Iran Nuclear Talks | Jasmin Ramsey
Even with potential U.S. strikes against Iranian ally Syria looming, Washington and Tehran appear to be preparing for the resumption of nuclear talks.
U.S. foreign policy analysts have been bustling since the Aug. 4 inauguration of Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, who may have ushered in a new era of Iranian diplomacy and international relations.
“Syria has become Iran’s Vietnam, and [Bashar al-] Assad’s extensive use of chemical weapons, in equal parts amoral and stupid, had magnified Tehran’s quandary.” — Mark Fitzpatrick of the International Institute for Strategic Studies
“As the architect of the sole nuclear agreement between Iran and the West  – a not inconsiderable achievement given the depth of mistrust –  Rouhani presents a real chance for making progress in nuclear talks,” Ali Vaez, an Iran expert at the International Crisis Group, told IPS.
FULL ARTICLE (Inter Press Service) 
Photo: European External Action Service - EEAS/Flickr

Syria Crisis Yet to Derail Iran Nuclear Talks | Jasmin Ramsey

Even with potential U.S. strikes against Iranian ally Syria looming, Washington and Tehran appear to be preparing for the resumption of nuclear talks.

U.S. foreign policy analysts have been bustling since the Aug. 4 inauguration of Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, who may have ushered in a new era of Iranian diplomacy and international relations.

“Syria has become Iran’s Vietnam, and [Bashar al-] Assad’s extensive use of chemical weapons, in equal parts amoral and stupid, had magnified Tehran’s quandary.” — Mark Fitzpatrick of the International Institute for Strategic Studies

“As the architect of the sole nuclear agreement between Iran and the West – a not inconsiderable achievement given the depth of mistrust –  Rouhani presents a real chance for making progress in nuclear talks,” Ali Vaez, an Iran expert at the International Crisis Group, told IPS.

FULL ARTICLE (Inter Press Service) 

Photo: European External Action Service - EEAS/Flickr

19 Aug
What are uranium centrifuges and should we worry? | Matt Kwong
Iran’s outgoing nuclear chief told state media this weekend the Islamic republic’s nuclear program has amassed 18,000 uranium centrifuges. While Iran maintains its atomic energy program is peaceful, America and Israel worry that scientists will make bombs.
What is uranium?
Uranium is a heavy metal used to fuel both nuclear power reactors and nuclear weapons, explained Dr. Ali Vaez, senior Iran analyst for the International Crisis Group in Washington. However, he said, uranium on its own is “completely useless” unless an active element — the isotope uranium-235 — can be separated from it through an “enrichment” process.
FULL ARTICLE (MSN News)
Photo: US Department of Energy/Wikimedia Commons

What are uranium centrifuges and should we worry? | Matt Kwong

Iran’s outgoing nuclear chief told state media this weekend the Islamic republic’s nuclear program has amassed 18,000 uranium centrifuges. While Iran maintains its atomic energy program is peaceful, America and Israel worry that scientists will make bombs.

What is uranium?

Uranium is a heavy metal used to fuel both nuclear power reactors and nuclear weapons, explained Dr. Ali Vaez, senior Iran analyst for the International Crisis Group in Washington. However, he said, uranium on its own is “completely useless” unless an active element — the isotope uranium-235 — can be separated from it through an “enrichment” process.

FULL ARTICLE (MSN News)

Photo: US Department of Energy/Wikimedia Commons

25 Jun
Time Ripe for Iran Reset | CNN
By Ali Vaez, Crisis Group’s Senior Iran Analyst
The history of Iran-U.S. relations is littered with missed opportunities. The Obama administration should make sure that the victory of a moderate president in Iran doesn’t become another one.
Sending a letter of congratulation to the new president on his inauguration day – August 3 – would be a positive first step. Conservatives in Tehran will have to bite their tongues, remembering Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s congratulatory note to Obama in 2009. Republicans in the U.S. Congress, meanwhile, will have a hard time accusing the president of somehow endorsing Iran’s faulty electoral process, given that most U.S. allies in that region don’t even hold elections.
But more important than recognizing the legitimacy of a political process in which well over half of Iran’s population participated is signaling to Iran’s leadership that Washington is willing to find some sort of common ground moving forward. This could, for example, include reversing the U.S. objection to Iran attending the Geneva 2 conference on the future of Syria, a move that could be justified by Tehran’s new political face.
FULL ARTICLE (CNN)
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Time Ripe for Iran Reset | CNN

By Ali Vaez, Crisis Group’s Senior Iran Analyst

The history of Iran-U.S. relations is littered with missed opportunities. The Obama administration should make sure that the victory of a moderate president in Iran doesn’t become another one.

Sending a letter of congratulation to the new president on his inauguration day – August 3 – would be a positive first step. Conservatives in Tehran will have to bite their tongues, remembering Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s congratulatory note to Obama in 2009. Republicans in the U.S. Congress, meanwhile, will have a hard time accusing the president of somehow endorsing Iran’s faulty electoral process, given that most U.S. allies in that region don’t even hold elections.

But more important than recognizing the legitimacy of a political process in which well over half of Iran’s population participated is signaling to Iran’s leadership that Washington is willing to find some sort of common ground moving forward. This could, for example, include reversing the U.S. objection to Iran attending the Geneva 2 conference on the future of Syria, a move that could be justified by Tehran’s new political face.

FULL ARTICLE (CNN)

Photo: kamshots/Flickr

17 Jun
"Rohani is the ultimate regime insider."

—Ali Vaez, senior Iran analyst, quoted in Reuters’ “Iranians count on president-elect Rohani to bring change

"It wasn’t a surprise that the Iranian people are seeking change. The surprise is that the change really occurred, that the system allowed Mr. Rowhani to participate and then to tolerate, accept and even celebrate his victory, that what mattered more is change not continuity."

—Ali Vaez, senior Iran analyst, quoted in the Los Angeles Times’ “Iranians’ desire for change fueled presidential upset