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The Time Is Not Yet Ripe
The Time Is Not Yet Ripe

Why a sounder coercive diplomacy against Iran might prevent war

16/02/2012 | by Jean-Loup Samaan | Iran, Conflicts and Strategies

A newer, more aggressive light has been cast upon the dilemma that a nuclear Iran presents the world; now, however, is no time to attack. There is much doubt regarding the efficacy of missile strikes on Iranian nuclear sites. The United States and Israel should “speak softly” and let sanctions, and their military capabilities, do the talking.

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Playing With Fire
Playing With Fire

German foreign policy and Iran’s nuclear weapons program

18/01/2012 | by Joachim Krause | Iran, Arms Control and WMD

Contrary to what many in Germany think, the United States does not seek to overthrow the regime in Iran. Instead, the US and its allies will seek tougher sanctions and limited military actions to further weaken the government in Teheran. German policy should get behind this international effort and realize that Iran is the problem, not the United States.


Sorting Out the Iran Puzzle
Though frustrating, the international community’s Iran diplomacy has been original and, in ways, groundbreaking
01/10/2006 | by Oliver Thränert
This summer, for the first time, all five members of the UN Security Council—including Russia and China—recognized the necessity of considering sanctions against Iran. Despite their very different interests, they agreed upon a common strategy for the first time. Many European actors and other international organizations are working together too—an encouraging example of global multilateralism. European foreign policy, especially, could profit were it successful.
Category Arms Control and WMD, Security, Iran, Western Asia, Near and Middle East/North Africa
Pakistan’s Precarious Nuclear Arsenal
Assessing the threat of Islamabad’s weapons
01/10/2006 | by Leonard S. Spector
Pakistan’s nuclear weapons may pose a greater danger than those of Iran or North Korea. President Musharraf’s weak administration has increased the possibility that new anti-Western leaders or non-state actors could seize the country’s arms. Strenghtening US and NATO nuclear deterrence capabilities is irrelevant—only a sustained program of support for Musharraf’s regime can mitigate these dangers.
Category Arms Control and WMD, Security, Pakistan, Western Asia, Near and Middle East/North Africa
More Like a Molecule than an Atom
Javier Solana talks to IP
01/08/2005 | by Javier Solana
The EU's "foreign minister" talks with IP about Kosovo, Iran - and the French referendum
Category Security, Western Asia, South-East Europe, Europe
Pride and Mistrust
Above all, Iran wants to be seen as the leading regional power
01/01/2005 | by Volker Perthes
The Europeans have less influence in Tehran than they might wish. They cannot give hard security rewards. Nor can they bestow the recognition of Iran’s importance that only the sole superpower can confer.
Category Arms Control and WMD, Security, Iran, Western Asia, Near and Middle East/North Africa