After a long break, Iran Chat is back and we felt this year’s series should begin with a deep dive into the current state of US-Iran relations, focusing on the very real and growing possibility of war with Iran.
To help sort through all the recent news and issues concerning US-Iran relations, we spoke with journalist Jim Lobe. He served as chief of the Washington DC bureau of Inter Press Service from 1980 to 1985 and again from 1989 to 2016. Currently he is an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies where he directs LobeLog, an award-winning web blog focused on foreign policy, featuring posts by expert contributors on a variety of global issues, with an emphasis on US policy towards the Middle East.
Recently, he co-wrote an article for Lobelog entitled War Against Iran Becoming Ever More Likely. We discuss his rationale for this assessment during our conversation.
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Pessimism is setting in about the planned talks in Moscow on June 18-19 between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (the US, the UK, France, Russia, China) and Germany, otherwise known as P5+1. Yet, it is imperative that the negotiations do not collapse.
On April 27, the Los Angeles Times, quoting an unidentified American official, reported that the US is ready for a deal with Iran to enrich uranium up to 5% "if its government agrees to the unrestricted inspections, strict oversight and numerous safeguards that the United Nations has long demanded".
As the May 23 meeting between Iran and the P5+1 over Iran's nuclear impasse approaches, the factional infighting in Tehran becomes more apparent and it can potentially block any agreement. The story began with publication of a front page article in the Iran newspaper on May 2, entitled "deceptive operations."
The noticeable pressure on Iran, on the one hand, and the arrival of the time for a war or peace decision for the US, on the other hand, is making the two sides come to the negotiation table with a new willingness for a compromise resolution.
On March 4, at the conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the all-powerful Israeli lobby in the US, President Obama warned against "too much loose talk of war". This was a clear objection to Israel's sharpened rhetoric against Iran in the last few months.
The American Iranian Council extends a note of congratulations to Asghar Farhadi and his crew for winning the Golden Globe for the best foreign film in 2012! Dr. Hooshang Amirahmadi, AIC President, in a short video offers his interpreting of the film, focusing on its philosophy and significance.
Murdering Iranian scientists has become a disturbing pattern of "covert actions" against Iran, which has taken the lives of at least four scientists since 2010. The Iranian community and all who support peace, human rights and international law must take action to express their outrage at these acts of violence. They must also demand that these murders be stopped and the perpetrators brought to justice!
AIC Norooz message delivered by Dr. Hooshang Amirahmadi.
Following the 14th February Green Movement Protest, Dr. Hooshang Amirahmadi provides a realistic assessment of the Iranian situation and suggests steps towards national reconciliation and democratic change in Iran as well as a more productive US policy in this time of crises.
The revolts in Tunisia and Egypt will go down in history as two of the fastest and easiest revolutions of all time! Dr. Hooshang Amirahmadi in this video provides his advice and insight following the popular uprisings within Egypt and its aftermath.
It is with deepest regret and sorrow that the American-Iranian Council (AIC) announces the passing of Ambassador Sargent Shriver, a member of the Council's Honorary Board of Directors. The late Shriver joined AIC in 1999 at the invitation of his legendary friend, the late Cyrus Vance, who served as the Council's Honorary Chairman.