Iranian Revolution, 30 years later

Following is a recording of the symposium with Henry Precht and Muhammad Sahimi:

A symposium with:

Henry Precht, Former US Diplomat who was the Chief of the Iran Desk at State Department during the Revolution

Professor Sahimi, Professor of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, University of Southern California in Los Angeles, who has extensively written and lectured about nuclear development in Iran  read more »

Submitted by AIFC on Wed, 03/04/2009 - 8:43am.

Israel draws Red Lines for State Ssecretary Clinton


Israel to present Clinton with 'red lines' on talks with Iran

By Barak Ravid, Haaretz Correspondent

Israel plans to present U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with a series of "red lines" it wants Washington to incorporate into its planned dialogue with Tehran about Iran's nuclear program.  read more »

Submitted by AIFC on Tue, 03/03/2009 - 9:59am.

Omid Memarian - Is Dennis Ross Iran's real envoy?

Huffington Post


As expected among the foreign policy community, Dennis Ross was appointed Iran's "special advisor" and curiously not the "special envoy"-- which begs the question of whether or not he will be the major voice in Washington on US-Iran relations.  read more »

Submitted by AIFC on Mon, 03/02/2009 - 10:06am.

The Fox Guarding the Chicken Coop - Dennis Ross and Iran

February 27, 2009

By Sasan Fayazmanesh

In October 2008 I presented a paper, entitled What the Future has in Store for Iran, at a conference on Middle East Studies. The paper, which was subsequently posted at , examined what the US policy toward Iran might look like if either Barack Obama or John McCain came to office. The conclusion of my essay, stated in its last two lines, was: In the case of McCain, the war [waged against Iran] might come sooner than later. In Obama's case, one might see a period of tough or aggressive diplomacy before hostilities begin.  read more »

Submitted by AIFC on Mon, 03/02/2009 - 9:21am.

The Republic and the Rahbarby


The National Interest

By Gary Sick

JUST AS America shakes off its recent prolonged election cycle, Iran will be entering a presidential race of its own. As President Obama takes office, he must decide whether we will make a change to our long-standing Iran policy, and on what timeline. The United States can continue treating Iran as a permanent enemy to be confronted and isolated, thereby perpetuating the policies of the past three administrations. Or it can begin treating the Islamic Republic as a potentially "normal" power-subject to the usual blandishments of carrots and sticks. This accepts that Tehran has the capacity not only to annoy us but perhaps also to help ease some of Washington's worst dilemmas in the region.  read more »

Submitted by AIFC on Tue, 01/27/2009 - 9:45am.