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Published on June 18th, 2012 | by Jasmin Ramsey

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Who’s the stranger in Moscow?

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Song: “Stranger in Moscow” by the late and great, Michael Jackson

Julian BorgerLaura Rozen and Scott Peterson report on the “wide gap” and the “nitty gritty” details of the latest round of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany) in Moscow. Long story short: Iran is arguing that the West–though primarily the U.S. egged on by the “Zionist regime” and a like-minded Congress–are asking for too much while offering too little. The Iranians are accordingly at least posturing like they won’t move on a major point of interest unless something gives. (Recall that prior to the disappointment of Baghdad, Iran indicated that it could budge on 20% enrichment and offer increased and “permanent” monitoring of their nuclear program in return for real incentives.) Iranian hyperbolic paranoia notwithstanding, when it comes to Congress, Tehran’s argument is hard to deny. For its part the West seems unwilling to go big as some have suggested or reconsider its recent offering which was received by the Iranians like a bunch of sticks and a half-eaten, moldy carrot. While the lack of real progress gives the usual suspects reason to be gleeful since the prospect of a military confrontation will seem more likely, people with real-world policy expertise remind us that diplomacy is a marathon, not a sprint.

Meanwhile Jonathan Bernstein injects some sense into the opinion pages of the Washington Post regarding Mitt Romney’s latest ridiculisums on Iran, Kenneth Waltz pens a taboo opinion on Iran nuclear weapons, the U.S. continues its dangerous bargaining game with the terrorist-designated Mujahideen-e-khalq (MEK), and George Perkovich explains why “A Nuclear Deal Helps Human Rights in Iran“.

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A multilingual Iranian-born journalist, Jasmin Ramsey is the editor and manager of the well-known U.S. Mideast policy site, LobeLog, and the Washington correspondent for the international news wire service, IPS News. Under her leadership LobeLog was recognized by the Economist as an essential stop for Iran coverage. Ramsey was also named one of the Guardian’s top ten Twitter accounts to follow on Iran in 2014. Her current work focuses on U.S.-Iran relations, U.S. foreign policy, and mideast affairs. You can email her at jasmin[dot]ramsey[at]gmail[dot]com.



One Response to Who’s the stranger in Moscow?

  1. avatar Reza Seifollahy says:

    Long Time ago in Iran during a winter, My friends and I went for hiking, one of them said that in our family when we asked to be dare enough to do something we go for it to the end, the other said if you dare enough go inside the river and swim. As he told us the previous comment he took off his clothes and go inside frozen river.

    The case in negotiating with Iran is somehow mixed with this idea, Iranian officials in previous negotiations say to Iranian people that they are dare enough to keep the rights for atomic energy the way that they can not change it, and some how they want go to the end.

    I believe that the 5+1 negotiators and any outside negotiators who confront Islamic Government in any type of negotiation, most acknowledge somehow on what happens inside Iran.
    Iran is negotiate to negotiate not to reach a conclusion now. Last speech on Khamenei, Iranian spiritual leader, shows that they are not going to give anything on Moscow. They count on some issues: No military confrontation happens as 5+1 countries are considering Syria issue and the US election is near, US people do not interest in a new war from the experiences in Afghanistan ans Iraq, Oil prices.
    So don’t expect results from Negotiations done by strangers in Moscow.

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