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Didn’t Like My Explanation of Gates’ Iran Memo?

By | 04.20.10 | 2:43 pm

Laura Rozen takes a crack at it.

In other words, be willing to try to get back to diplomatic negotiations with Iran, slow down their program, protect regional allies, and pursue targeted sanctions against the Revolutionary Guard.

Iranian Dissidents Fear Repercussions of U.S. Sanctions

By | 12.28.09 | 6:00 am

As the Obama administration and its allies prepare new economic sanctions for Iran, the Iranian dissidents of the Green Movement and their supporters abroad are expressing concern over what the sanctions will mean for a nascent More…

If You Factor Out 30 Years of Failure, Unilateral Iran Sanctions Work Great

By | 12.23.09 | 10:13 am

Laura Rozen has a good post on some Harvard war games about new unilateral sanctions on Iran ultimately proving counterproductive to getting the Iranian regime to accept greater transparency on its nuclear program. You would think the war game would stop after someone said, “We’ve had unilateral economic sanctions More…

Obama Administration Prepares Iran Sanction Options

By | 12.21.09 | 6:00 am

A year’s worth of diplomatic outreach to Iran is on the verge of eclipse, thanks to consistent Iranian refusals to accept President Obama’s offers for a new relationship. As a result, Obama administration officials and their international partners are preparing a package of economic sanctions against Iran for 2010. They More…

Berman Sanctions Bill Overwhelmingly Passes the House

By | 12.15.09 | 5:48 pm

A bill sponsored by Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, to authorize new energy-sector sanctions on Iran overwhelmingly passed the House just now. The vote: 412 members in favor to only 12 opposed, with four voting “present.” Berman’s bill had strong More…

Berman Iran Sanctions Bill Up for House Vote

By | 12.15.09 | 12:40 pm

The Iran petroleum-sanctions bill authored by Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif) is scheduled for debate in the House imminently. That bill, if it passes, wouldn’t require sanctions on Iran; but  it would allow President Obama additional authorities for new sanctions. Both the Obama administration and Berman himself say they prefer multilateral More…

Pro-Israel Lobby Group’s Iran Petition Features Lots of Questionable Names

By | 12.11.09 | 2:33 pm

Earlier today, the Israel Project — a pro-Israel organization that endorses tough measures against Iran’s nuclear program — sent out a release announcing substantial support for placing sanctions on Iran. A petition issued by the Israel Project to be sent to “every ambassador to the U.S., all UN member More…

Gates Warns Iran on Sanctions

By | 12.11.09 | 8:39 am

Speaking of the Obama administration hinting at new sanctions placed on Iran, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, in a visit to the Kurdish regions of Iraq, dropped all subtlety:

President Obama had set a Dec. 31 deadline for Iran to respond to the proposals before he turns to pursuing what


Berman Will Introduce Iran Sanctions Bill Next Month

By | 09.25.09 | 2:42 pm

A statement just released by Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee:

The news that Iran has been secretly constructing a second uranium enrichment plant is deeply disturbing and casts a heavy shadow over the negotiations scheduled for next week. Iran’s intention to build nuclear weaponry