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Tehran’s Promise

As the diplomacy on Iran’s nuclear program entered a final phase, in Europe, I visited the tomb of Ayatollah Khomeini, the ideologue of Iran’s 1979 revolution, in Tehran. One of the grandest mausoleums in the world—its shimmering dome is visible for miles—was under expansion. The Imam’s bare receiving room, in his home, was preserved after he died, in 1989, in tribute to his modesty, but renovations at his tomb featured vaulted ceilings, lined with intricate mosaics, that soared stories high, and epic arches adorned with tiles in many shades of blue.

The Other Nuclear Deal

The political class in Washington is consumed at the moment with parsing each clause in last week’s nuclear agreement with Iran for secret meanings, hidden loopholes and possible portents. That America would come to terms on a topic of such political and strategic sensitivity with a state long viewed with suspicion, if not outright antagonism, alarms some and angers others. Questions of who snookered whom abound. Sound familiar?

The Iran Nuke Deal Could End Any Hope of Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Whether you’re for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), against it, or somewhere in between, the Iran nuclear agreement will have profound consequences for a Middle East already in the throes of turbulent change.

The Iranian View On The Nuclear Deal

How Not to Sell the Iran Nuclear Deal

The Iran nuclear deal is effectively done. The chances that Congress will be able to block the agreement appear remote. The White House appears able, in at least one house, to hold off the two-thirds majority required to overturn a presidential veto. It’s also likely that the International Atomic Energy Agency will give Iran passing grades on its report on the past military dimensions of Tehran’s nuclear program and will certify by year’s end that Iran is complying with provisions of the agreement.

The Origins of Nuclear Cooperation

The Origins of Nuclear Cooperation

A Critical Oral History Between Argentina and Brazil

How Iran Got What It Wanted From the Nuclear Deal

The Iran nuclear deal brings to mind, of all things, the Rolling Stones. The Stones were wrong when they sang that you can’t always get what you want. In the agreement announced this week, the Obama administration got what it needed. Iran, however, got what it wanted—and secured the better deal. Consider:

Iran Nuclear Deal Is a Win for Rouhani. What’s Next?

For 20 months, since Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif sat down with Secretary of State John Kerry and representatives of Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China, Iranians followed the negotiations over their country’s nuclear program with expectation and anxiety. They pored over news, formal statements, and rumors about the talks. They tried to interpret the body language of Mr. Zarif, Mr. Kerry, and Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s high representative for foreign affairs. The negotiations were the subject of chatter in cafes and at family dinner tables.

The Iran Deal: Is This Really the Endgame?

Despite the uncertainties of recent weeks, the U.S. and Iran have now reached an historic, comprehensive accord on the nuclear issue. In this podcast, four analysts and observers of Iran, Middle Eastern politics, and U.S. foreign policy assess the state of the current deal, the implications of this accord and the consequences for the region. 

How Well Did The President Sell The Iran Deal?

President Obama is holding a news conference today to highlight his support for the deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Jane Harman, a former member of Congress, about the deal and the criticism the president has received over the agreement announced yesterday.