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Trump Won; Four Global Realities He Faces

Posted by Daniel DePetris on


Americans woke up on November 9 with a collective sigh of relief: the election was finally over. Now, we get to the hard part: filling appointments in the executive branch, passing legislation, and getting the federal government to work again. The period between Election Day and January 20 is a great time for a refresher… Keep reading →

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Two Alternatives To The Bad Iran Deal

Posted by Peter Huessy on


The July nuclear deal concedes far too much to Iran and will increase its capacity to terrorize the Middle East and American interests and allies there. There are at least two diplomatic alternatives to the July deal on Iranian nuclear activity. We can stick with the interim agreement — just extend it — which is… Keep reading →

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Corker-Menendez Iran Bill Better Be Just A First Step

Posted by Rebeccah Heinrichs on


Supporters of the Obama administration Iran deal have had a rough couple weeks. The bipartisan passage of the Corker-Mendez bill (the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015) out of the Foreign Relations Committee, conveyed in no uncertain terms that Congress is concerned enough about this deal to insist it have a voice. It also raises the question: how… Keep reading →

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Michael Adler, Reporter: An Appreciation

Posted by Colin Clark on


It is with great sadness I must tell our readers of the untimely death of Michael Adler, our most excellent reporter on the long-running Iranian nuclear crisis. Sigh. Even though we write about war and its relatives here at Breaking Defense, it never really entered my mind that one day I’d have to write about… Keep reading →

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IAEA Chief Warns On Iran Nuke Inspections; ‘More Remains To Be Done:’ Exclusive

Posted by Michael Adler on


New Iranian president Hassan Rowhani

  VIENNA: The UN atomic watchdog will still have a hard time answering crucial questions about whether Iran seeks nuclear weapons despite winning better access for inspectors, the UN’s top inspector Yukiya Amano told Breaking Defense in an exclusive interview Monday at the agency’s headquarters here. Amano said the main problem going forward is that… Keep reading →

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IAEA Blesses Iran Nuke Actions So Far; Access To Military Sites Key Issue

Posted by Michael Adler on


    Iran’s decision to accept and implement the nuclear deal struck in November has undercut the US Congress’s drive for new sanctions designed to increase the pressure on the Islamic Republic. President Barack Obama said the deal should be given a chance to work and that sanctions could alienate Iran and torpedo the diplomacy. Congress, so… Keep reading →

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IAEA Chief Cites Modest Iran Nuclear Progress; Official Report Due EXCLUSIVE

Posted by Michael Adler on


VIENNA: Iran has not significantly accelerated its nuclear program in recent months, UN nuclear chief Yukiya Amano told Breaking Defense. This could be a sign that Iran hopes to create favorable conditions for a deal with the United States, which wants the Islamic Republic to freeze its program at its current level and not add to its… Keep reading →

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Iranian Nuke Talks At Almaty Require Brinkmanship Of Highest Order

Posted by Michael Adler on


WASHINGTON: Long-awaited talks between the world’s six most powerful nations and Iran are set for February 26 in the mountain city of Almaty in Kazakhstan. The question is, are the two sides ready to bridge the considerable rift dividing them and actually negotiate? This has not happened in a decade of diplomacy that started in… Keep reading →

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Showdown With Iran? Maybe Not In 2013

Posted by Michael Adler on


WASHINGTON: Is 2013 the big year for Iran? Many think a decade of confrontation over Iran’s nuclear progress will finally boil down to a stark binary choice of living with an Iranian atomic bomb or having to bomb the Islamic Republic to stop this. Time magazine’s international guru, Fareed Zakaria, claims this is the year… Keep reading →

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Iran Wobbles Between Talks And Bombs

Posted by Michael Adler on


WASHINGTON: Iran is at a crucial point in its nuclear negotiations with the United States and five other world powers. What it does on the diplomatic front and what it does with its disputed nuclear program are vacillating between the hardline and the conciliatory. This comes as the United States looks post-election for a fresh… Keep reading →

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