Conflict update: January 10 2017

The Ritz-Carlton Moscow It’s possible I’ll be able to formulate some thoughts about this as soon as I’m done laughing about it, but for now let me just say one thing. While I have absolutely no problem believing that the Russian government has dirt, possibly serious dirt, on our president-elect, the story that Buzzfeed ran… Continue reading Conflict update: January 10 2017

Conflict update: December 23 2016

Barring some kind of major happening I’m out for the next couple of days. Merry Christmas to those who are celebrating it and Happy Hanukkah to those who are celebrating it. To those who are celebrating both, stop hoarding all the presents. Now, one last dose of (mostly) bad news for you all. Israel-Palestine I… Continue reading Conflict update: December 23 2016

Implementation Day links

It’s official: As anticipated, the nuclear deal went into full effect Jan. 16 as Iran completed a series of steps to limit its nuclear activities, including mothballing thousands of centrifuges, sending out most of its stockpile of low-enriched uranium to Russia and removing the core of a heavy water reactor and filling it with concrete.… Continue reading Implementation Day links

So that’s done

The full-text of the Iran agreement (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA) has been posted online by the EU here. I’ve been reading it bit by bit all morning, and so far it seems to align with the fact sheet that was put out by the State Department after the initial framework was… Continue reading So that’s done

Wild weekend in Vienna

The Iran talks, plus the interim nuclear agreement under which they’re operating, have been extended through Monday. Progress is being made, supposedly, but not enough and not fast enough to get anything done this week. If no deal is reached by Monday… An Iranian diplomat told me: if wo don't reach a deal till Monday,… Continue reading Wild weekend in Vienna

If we talk about nothing else, let’s have an Iran update

Folks, today was a long day, and tomorrow promises to be more of the same, so I hope you’ll forgive the lack of posting today and tomorrow. Before I pour myself a big glass of chocolate milk and put on a Simpsons DVD, though, I’ve got enough mental space for a short update about the… Continue reading If we talk about nothing else, let’s have an Iran update

Looks like this might be an interesting week

It’s only Monday, so who knows what could happen, but at the moment this is looking like a pretty consequential week, isn’t it? First there’s the Iran deal deadline, which is theoretically tomorrow but really Thursday, the last day a deal can be submitted to Congress before its “review period” under the Corker bill goes… Continue reading Looks like this might be an interesting week