David Ignatius

The transformational nature of the Iran talks

The British diplomat Harold Nicolson observed in 1960 that "a good negotiation takes about as long as it takes an elephant to have a baby." That has been true in the protracted Iran nuclear talks, although in this case, the baby may turn out to be stillborn. Negotiators were still haggling over the framework as they pushed through Tuesday night's... weiter




Ukraine-Krise

NATO's new perils

Brussels - The NATO alliance seems stuck at a crossroads on Ukraine, unsure whether to move toward greater confrontation with Russia or accept the deadlocked "frozen conflict" that has emerged there. It's a unified morass, at least, with President Obama sharing the reluctance of European leaders to escalate the crisis by providing defensive weapons... weiter




Cold War

Back to the future in Putin's Europe3

Washington - The language of the Cold War has returned with a vengeance, with renewed talk of nuclear alerts, alleged testing of medium-range nuclear missiles and worries about NATO's defense umbrella. President Vladimir Putin's seizure of Crimea just over a year ago has now broadened into what some U.S... weiter





Atompolitik

The GOP's dangerous letter to Iran1

Washington - Even by congressional Republican standards, the naysaying letter to Iran sent Monday by 47 GOP senators was grossly irresponsible. Not only did it undercut President Obama's ability to negotiate a diplomatic agreement but it also undermined the aspect of the Iran nuclear deal that would potentially be most beneficial to the United... weiter




Nuclear talks

Netanyahu's zero-sum game

Washington - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lobbied powerfully against a nuclear agreement with Iran in a well-crafted speech to Congress Tuesday. The problem is that he has now created a zero-sum game with the Obama administration, in which either the president or the prime minister seems likely to come out a loser... weiter




Middle East

Iran nuclear talks coming to a head

Washington - Prussian King Frederick the Great offered this rebuke to those who refused to allow any concessions: "If you try to hold everything, you hold nothing." President Obama might make a similar retort to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's attack on the alleged "bad deal" the U.S. is contemplating with Iran... weiter





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