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    Iran Nuclear Talks: For Europe, Roll-Over Is Better than Game Over

    Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and EU envoy Catherine Ashton address a news conference after a meeting in Vienna (REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger).

    Riccardo Alcaro argues that while Europe does not want a nuclear deal with Iran at any cost, the Europeans are the most determined of all the parties involved with the talks to seek a negotiated resolution. The decision earlier this week to extend the terms of the interim nuclear accord with Iran is the second-best option for the international community and particularly for Europe.

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    After the Elections: Tunisia’s Political Future

    Tunisians cast their votes at a polling station during Tunisia's presidential election in Sousse (REUTERS/Anis Mili).

    Tunisian elections produced losses for the Islamist Ennahda party in parliament and a likely run-off between secular party candidate Beji Caid Essebsi and Moncef Marzouki, the interim president. Brookings convened a roundtable of experts to discuss the country’s political future and ways the United States could help consolidate Tunisia’s political, economic, and security stability.

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    Violence in Jerusalem and the Future of the Two-State Solution

    As tensions continue to escalate in Jerusalem, Tamara Cofman Wittes, director of the Center for Middle East Policy moderated a discussion with fellows Natan Sachs and Khaled Elgindy, examining the underlying reasons behind the troubling spate of violence, and exploring the future of the two-state solution.

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    For the Iranian Nuclear Talks, a Deadline Reveals a Deadlock

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R), Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (L) and EU envoy Catherine Ashton pose for photographers before a meeting in Vienna (REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger).

    The decision to extend the Iranian nuclear talks for an additional seven months gives the hard-won negotiating process some breathing room, but it does not offer a real solution to the fundamental impediment to a comprehensive deal, Tehran’s unwillingness to compromise on the central dimensions of its nuclear activities. After a year of intensive, high-level diplomacy, the continuing failure to find a mutually agreeable formula for resolving the central issues at stake raises doubts about whether the protracted impasse is indeed reconcilable. Call it what it is — a deadlock, perhaps even an intractable one.

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    Iranian Press Week in Review

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R), Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (L) and EU envoy Catherine Ashton arrive for a meeting in Vienna (REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger).

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif remained in Vienna for multilateral nuclear negotiations, Oil Minister Bijan Zangeneh predicted the doubling of Iran’s oil exports if sanctions are lifted, and the the price of the U.S. dollar in Tehran fell last week.  Read More

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    In Praise of "Ferocious Arguments" — And of Colleagues Like Michael Doran

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    Issues of Middle East policy remain the subject of intense debate in Washington and around the world, and yet too often there is very little actual dialogue in those debates. During his tenure at Brookings, our colleague, Michael Doran, has demonstrated the enduring value of fierce debates over ideas and policies.  Read More

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    Iranian Press Week in Review

    Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad listens to a question during a joint news conference with Najaf governor Adnan al-Zurufi in Najaf, Iraq, July 19, 2013 (REUTERS/Karim Kadim).

    Mashhad’s Friday prayer leader criticizes the Rouhani administration for not adhering to a “resistance economy,” a prominent political analyst warns of returning to the “Ahmadinejad era” if a nuclear deal isn’t reached by November 24, and Iranian customs data show increasing exports to European countries during the first half of the Iranian calendar year.  Read More

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    Why ISIS Really Wants to Conquer Baghdad

    An aerial view of central Baghdad and the Tigris river (REUTERS/Stringer).

    Will McCants argues ISIS’s ambition to reclaim Baghdad is fueled by historical rather than strategic imperatives.  Read More

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    America Must Stand With Egyptian Civil Society

    Protesters hold pictures during a protest in support of imprisoned activists who are in a hunger strike at prison, in front of the Press Syndicate, in Cairo (REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih).

    Stephen Grand urges the Obama administration to hold Egypt’s President Sisi accountable for the brutal crackdown on civil society. Grand argues that promoting a democratic path in Egypt may be the best alternative to the brutality of ISIS and the corruption of the Mubarak era.  Read More

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    Letters to the Ayatollah: Why Obama's Latest Outreach to Iran's Supreme Leader Was A Mistake

    Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks live on television after casting his ballot in the Iranian presidential election in Tehran (REUTERS/Caren Firouz).

    With a deadline for the Iranian nuclear negotiations set to expire in a few weeks and significant differences still outstanding, President Barack Obama reportedly penned a personal appeal to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, last month. Suzanne Maloney argues that the move betrays a profound misunderstanding of the Iranian leadership, and is likely to hinder rather than help achieve a durable resolution to Iran’s nuclear ambitions as well as other U.S. objectives on Iran.
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