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Obama Addresses UNGA for Final Time

Posted September 21st, 2016 at 9:28 am (UTC-4)
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Delivering his final address to the United Nations General Assembly, President Barack Obama called on the world to move forward with “a better model of cooperation and integration.”

Obama Considers Nuclear Decision: ‘No First Use’

Posted September 15th, 2016 at 5:10 pm (UTC-4)
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As time ticks away on the presidential term of Barack Obama, there’s a sense of urgency for him to fulfill promises made over the past eight years. Especially on nuclear weapons.
Obama has made progress toward his “commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons” made during his first foreign policy speech in April 2009. With his final speech before the United Nations General Assembly set for next Tuesday, there’s speculation that Obama may push further.
One policy idea being debated: “no first use” of nuclear weapons.
The United States was the first and so far only nation to use a nuclear weapon against another nation. Would such a policy make the United States more secure? Less secure? What do the allies think? Is a “no first use” policy believable?

What the Nuclear Deal’s Backers Owe to Iran’s Victims

Posted July 13th, 2016 at 1:54 pm (UTC-4)
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For the Obama administration and its supporters, the best way to counter Iran’s bad behavior is to reach out even more to Iran. It’s a fashionable theory for engagement enthusiasts. If only we treated rogue states like normal states, then they will act accordingly. But recent events disprove this pleasant hypothesis.

One Year In, the Iran Nuclear Deal Is Working

Posted June 20th, 2016 at 4:52 pm (UTC-4)
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By Barbara Slavin Nearly a year after Iran and a U.S.-led international community reached a landmark nuclear deal, the good news is that there almost isn’t any news about Iran’s nuclear program. In its second report since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was implemented Jan. 16, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) found no […]

Ben Rhodes: The Sycophantic Political Operative Shaping Obama’s Foreign Policy

Posted May 9th, 2016 at 12:13 pm (UTC-4)
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Samuels wrote that Rhodes is … “the single most influential voice shaping American foreign policy aside from POTUS himself.” He also notes that Rhodes’s “lack of conventional real-world experience of the kind that normally precedes responsibility for the fate of nations … is still startling.”

How We Advocated for the Iran Deal

Posted May 9th, 2016 at 9:17 am (UTC-4)
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We pursued several diplomatic efforts with Iran during the President’s first term, and the fact that there were discreet channels of communication established with Iran in 2012 is something that we confirmed publicly. However, we did not have any serious prospect of reaching a nuclear deal until after the election of Hasan Rouhani in 2013.

U.S. Sanctions Still Hinder European Business with Iran

Posted May 6th, 2016 at 11:45 am (UTC-4)
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By Barbara Slavin ZURICH – Frustration was palpable at a conference this week in Switzerland on European business with Iran. The continued hangover of United States sanctions that prevent Iranian access to the U.S. financial system — and bankers’ fear of punitive new fines — are inhibiting the mega deals that many Iranians and Europeans anticipated would […]

A Done Deal, Debate on Iran Turns to Implementation

Posted September 9th, 2015 at 4:29 pm (UTC-4)
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The Iran nuclear deal and Congress’s impending vote has become the most contentious foreign policy issue since the decision to invade Iraq in 2003. President Obama has the votes he needs, but the debate continues. Republican presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Ted Cruz held a rally against the deal at the Capitol, just a few hours after Democratic contender Hillary Clinton shared how she would ensure Tehran’s compliance: “Distrust and verify.”

Obama’s Political Win on the Iran Deal Is a Hollow Victory

Posted September 3rd, 2015 at 10:22 am (UTC-4)
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The president won’t win approval of his odious deal; a majority of Congress remains firmly opposed. He’s simply manipulated the process by demonizing his opponents as warmongers