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    The Boys Are Back in Town: Iran's Annual Charm Offensive Begins Amidst Fading Hopes for a Deal

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif addresses the Council on Foreign Relations in New York ahead of next week's United Nations General Assembly (REUTERS/Mike Segar).

    This week has seen the launch of the Iranian government's annual American charm offensive, as senior officials began arriving in New York for the United Nations General Assembly meetings. This year, as last, Tehran's typical U.S. agenda is amplified by intense talks on the nuclear issue. However, in contrast to last fall, when Iran's UNGA activities seemed to herald a historic breakthrough, the mood has dampened significantly. The stalemated nuclear negotiations have replaced anticipation with anxiety. The discussions that will take place over the next few weeks will determine if a comprehensive nuclear accord can be achieved. This increasingly looks to be a make-or-break moment for diplomacy with Tehran.
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    Congressional Hearing on ISIS: Where is Syria?

    The U.S. Capitol building is pictured as lawmakers return from the Christmas recess in Washington (REUTERS/Mary Calvert).

    On Tuesday, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Secretary of Defense testified before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the threat posed by the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL). Shadi Hamid, fellow with the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World in the Center for Middle East Policy, argues that today’s hearing with members of Congress revealed a central flaw in the Obama administration’s strategy to combat ISIS — Syria.

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    Iran's Supreme Scorn: True to Form, Khamenei Blasts US-Led Campaign against ISIS

    An Iranian worker paints a huge portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on a wall near a university during Friday prayers in Tehran (REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl).

    Even as diplomats from around the world were meeting to launch a new campaign against violent extremists in Iraq and Syria, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei denounced the American-instigated effort yesterday and insisted that Tehran will not cooperate with Washington against the group calling itself the Islamic State (IS, or ISIS.) His statements conformed to his unswerving hostility toward the United States and every aspect of its security policies in the Middle East, and further underscored the improbability of even tacit cooperation between Washington and Tehran on the regional crisis.
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    Succeeding Against ISIS Requires a U.S. Strategy for Syria

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and with Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal

    The success of the "broad coalition" to fight ISIS that President Barack Obama announced last week rests on what happens in Syria. There is now a need to get moving on a serious political effort in Syria. Just what that is — especially in the face of continued Russian and Iranian backing for Bashar al-Asad's regime — remains to be seen. This is in part a job for the United States, but also the United Nations. Much here depends on U.S. resolve to focus on Asad, as well as the Russians and Iranians.
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    Iran Headlines: Reactions to Obama ISIS Speech, Rouhani meets Putin, and Unemployment

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Russian President Vladimir Putin

    Media outlets and government officials react to President Obama’s announcement of an American-led coalition against ISIS, President Hassan Rouhani meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit, and the latest provincial unemployment statistics are released.

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    Israeli Intelligence Veterans Refusal Letter

    Israeli soldiers in control room of Navy vessel

    On September 12, forty-three veterans of Israel’s elite military intelligence unit (“Unit 8200”) signed a public letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other top military officials, refusing to serve in operations against Palestinians. Natan Sachs, a fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy, writes that while the letter is significant in that it provides details on intelligence gathering, it is less significant that similar refusal letters, previously sent by service members in other branches of the IDF.

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    Around the Halls: Brookings Scholars React to Obama’s Speech on ISIS

    REUTERS/Saul Loeb/Pool - U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a live televised address to the nation on his plans for military action against the Islamic State, from the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington September 10, 2014.

    Wednesday night, President Obama gave a speech outlining his plan to combat the growing force of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS and ISIL). Brookings scholars had an email conversation sharing their reactions to the speech.  Read More

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    The Partner Problem in Iraq and Syria

    Iraqi President Fuad Masum (R) speaks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Baghdad (REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski).

    During President Obama’s speech Wednesday night, he emphasized he did not want the United States to combat ISIS alone. Jeremy Shapiro, a fellow in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings, argues that although the Obama administration’s strategy is politically sound domestically, regional dynamics and a lack of local partners will fundamentally hinder the President’s multi-national strategy.

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    In Obama's ISIS Speech, Iran Goes Unspoken: Ally, Adversary or Both?

    Iraqi Kurdish regional President Masoud Barzani shakes hands with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Arbil, Iraq.

    In President Barack Obama’s speech to the nation last night on the vicious struggle underway in the Middle East, one key player went unrecognized — Iran. Domestic politics and diplomatic exigency required such an artful dodge. But implementing a strategy requires far more than merely delivering a speech, and discretion won’t resolve the conundrum of how to handle an influential adversary whose interests in an ongoing conflict both overlap and antagonize our own. As Obama begins to mount a more assertive campaign to combat the violent extremists who have gained influence and territory in Syria and Iraq, Washington will be forced to contend with the paradoxical intersection of US-Iranian interests in the heart of the Middle East.

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    Obama Embraces Military Intervention in Iraq and Syria —Reluctantly

    An Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighter holds a flag and a weapon in Mosul, Iraq.

    In a nationally televised address on Wednesday, President Obama laid out his strategy to combat the Sunni jihadist organization known as the Islamic State (also known as ISIS and ISIL). Michael Doran, senior fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy, argues that President Obama’s announcement proves that the administration has ultimately decided on a policy to extend the fight against the terrorist group, rather than providing a strategy to end it.

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