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    What Rouhani's Week in New York Means for Nuclear Diplomacy with Iran

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (L) escorts Iran's President Hassan Rouhani for a meeting on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York (REUTERS/Jewel Samad).

    Last week's New York visit by Iranian president Hassan Rouhani fell short of the hype and historic breakthroughs that marked his September 2013 trip. These dashed hopes should not overshadow what Rouhani's New York trip did accomplish: it clarified for Americans and the world that Iran's strategy is to play out the clock on the approaching deadline for securing a comprehensive deal and to wield its role in the intensifying regional turmoil as leverage in securing more favorable terms. This strategy, while perfectly rational from an Iranian perspective, is almost certain to produce a disastrous outcome for Iran, the region, and the world.

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    Netanyahu in New York and Washington

    On September 29, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York, where he emphasized that Israel's war with Hamas and the current U.S.-led military campaign against ISIS stem from the same cause — the threat to the international order posed by militant Islam. Ahead of Netanyahu's meeting with President Obama, Natan Sachs outlines key points in the speech and argues that the prime minister will seek assurance that U.S. resolve on Iran has not diminished, while hoping that the bleak prospect for peace with the Palestinians does not top the agenda.

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    What Is the Central Strategic Question in the Middle East?

    The guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) launches a Tomahawk cruise missile, as seen from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), in the Gulf (REUTERS/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eric Garst/U.S. Navy).

    Michael Doran argues that the core threats to American national security in the Middle East today are the rise of the Islamic State (IS), the advance of the Iranian nuclear program, and the spread of Iranian influence throughout the region. They are almost entirely disconnected from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. If a peace agreement were signed today, the political landscape of the Middle East would remain more or less the same, and so would the most consequential challenges it poses to the United States.  Read More

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    Assessing the Obama Administration’s Iraq-Syria Strategy

    A pair of U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles fly over northern Iraq after conducting airstrikes in Syria (REUTERS/U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Matthew Bruch).

    Earlier this week, American jets began bombing targets inside Syria, signaling a new phase in the battle against the Islamic State (also known as ISIS). Kenneth M. Pollack, senior fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy, argues that although the Obama administration’s strategy against ISIS still lacks a number of critical components, a comprehensive overall strategy is in fact emerging. According to Pollack, President Obama and top U.S. military brass have recognized that ISIS is merely a symptom of a much larger problem that has engulfed Iraq and Syria.

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    Iran Headlines: Rouhani at UNGA, Ministerial Level Nuclear Talks, and Afghanistan

    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron meets with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani during the 69th United Nations General Assembly in New York.

    President Hassan Rouhani’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Political Affairs Hamid Aboutalebi explains the significance of Rouhani meeting with Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, a nuclear expert in Tehran claims that there will be ministerial level nuclear talks in New York City this week, and a hard-line news outlet doubts the durability of a unity government in Afghanistan.

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    Brookings Affiliates Discuss Iran’s Regional Role and Precedents for a Nuclear Deal

    Participants from the U.S., Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany talk with Iranian negotiators.

    As another round of nuclear negotiations between Iran and six world powers gets underway on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meetings in New York, a variety of other issues – including the U.S. military presence in the region, energy security, and non-state actors such as the Islamic State – complicate regional dynamics. Several past and present Brookings scholars spoke on these issues at events held last week in Washington.

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    Around the Halls: What is ISIS' Strategy?

    REUTERS/Stringer - A burnt vehicle belonging to Iraqi security forces is pictured at a checkpoint in east Mosul, one day after radical Sunni Muslim insurgents seized control of the city, June 11, 2014.

    As ISIS (also known as ISIL and the Islamic State) continues to dominate world headlines, Brookings experts exchanged a candid discussion via email of the group’s motivations and the U.S. response.  Read More

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    Twenty Questions for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani arrives at the United Nations in New York.

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani landed in New York on Monday and began a blitz of media and official meetings on the sidelines of the annual United Nations General Assembly sessions. During his stay, Rouhani will engage with carefully selected groups of journalists, academics, and business people. Suzanne Maloney outlines some of the questions for Iran's president during his U.S. visit this week.

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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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    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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