Negotiating with Iran

Iran is worse off than many expected due to sanctions.  The Israeli PM excoriated Iran at the UN General Assembly–but Roger Cohen isn’t buying it.

Meanwhile Obama and Netanyahu presented a public resoluteness on Iran, even though a nuclear deal will have some major hurdles:

It was a disciplined show of unity by two leaders who have clashed in the past over how to deal with the nuclear threat from Iran, and may soon face further strains as the United States tests the diplomatic overture made by Mr. Rouhani last week at the United Nations.

Negotiators from Iran and six world powers, including the United States, are scheduled to meet on Oct. 15 in Geneva to discuss how to curb the Iranian nuclear program. Iran, analysts say, will have to put a much broader proposal on the table if it expects relief from sanctions that have devastated its economy.

via Discussing Iran, Obama and Netanyahu Display Unity –

Former Obama administration foreign policy advisor Vali Nasr urges caution, noting that “Iran’s diplomatic flexibility is serious, but should not be mistaken for willingness to surrender.”


4 thoughts on “Negotiating with Iran”

  1. I only hope that somehow we can manage to be better negotiators with foreigners than we are with our own people because if the government shutdown is any indication of how these talks will probably go, we might as well drop out of this immediately. That being said, I have high hopes for these talks. Of course there will be a lot that Iran will have to agree to that they will not want to agree to (which will be difficult), but given how much the sanctions have decimated Iran, they clearly do not have much of a choice which makes negotiations a little easier. President Netanyahu’s hesitancy with Iran I think is well placed and comes from a sound mind running a small country that has to stick up for itself. However, I think that negotiations with Iran will actually lead somewhere this time. When North Korea, another heavily sanctioned country, is needing relief from the economic sanctions, they never sound as willing as Iran does now. I have high hopes for these negotiations.

  2. I too have high hopes for these negotiations. I am overwhelmingly skeptical, but it cannot be disputed that some cooperation between the United States and Iran would be a good thing. However, as I’ve mentioned in blog posts on Iran before, I think the United States needs to be ultra-careful about how their actions affect Israel. Netanyahu is arguably our biggest ally and definitely our only ally in the Middle East. I’m nervous that these negotiations will go south, cause problems for Israel, and in turn cause all sorts of issues for us. I similarly am nervous about the long-term ramifications of these negotiations. I do hope the Iranian economy can recover, and I hope we can negotiate an end to their nuclear program. I only hope that the recovery of the Iranian economy does not spur a renewal in their nuclear program and as a result, a renewal in US-Iranian tensions with a much stronger Iran this time. Caution and some pragmatism in these talks, I think, are an absolute necessity.

  3. I’m happy to see diplomats striking while the iron is hot, so to speak. This push for a diplomatic resolution to the Iranian nuclear issue is well-timed with Rouhani’s apparent indication of greater openness to negotiation with the West. It would be a positive sign to the rest of the world if nations with histories such as Iran, America, and Israel could broker a deal through negotiations made possible by sanctions. Perhaps it would give pause to those whose first solution is to resort to the use of force which, I think all would agree, would be a beneficial outcome for all.

  4. When a nation like Iran is willing to negotiate the United States has to take the chance and work with them. The United States government is always trying to create lasting relationships with countries that they aren’t as close to, and the diplomatic relations with Iran are almost existent. In order to bring about change in the relationship with Iran, the administration needs to disregard the opinion of the few countries who are against U.S. – Iran relations. Now is the time for the U.S. to guarantee a stop in Iran’s nuclear program and allow them to have the embargoes lifted. Iran needs to have their economic ties with other nations reestablished. I think that if something is done now about the issue, there will be a lot of agreements made and a lot of questions answered.

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