The Back Channel

Iranian foreign minister 'hopeful' on nuclear framework agreement

Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

US Secretary of State John Kerry will join the P5+1 talks in Geneva amid expectations of a possible deal.

Encouraged by Rouhani Election, US Urges Iran to Engage

Friday, Jul. 12, 2013 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

With the election of Hassan Rouhani, the United States is cautiously optimistic about serious negotiations with Iran when nuclear talks resume in the fall, says a senior US administration official.

US, Iran Teams Head to Istanbul for Nuclear-Experts Talks

Friday, Mar. 15, 2013 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Arms-control officials from Iran and six world powers are heading to Istanbul to discuss a new nuclear proposal as Iranian leaders intensify debate about possible direct US talks, reports Laura Rozen.

Obama Urged to Step Up Iran Diplomacy: Laura Rozen Reports

Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 | Laura Rozen

National-security experts from across the political spectrum are urging US President Obama to pursue bolder diplomacy with Iran, including offering a nuclear deal that would include sanctions relief, reports Laura Rozen.

E1 Zone No-Build Policy 'No Longer Relevant' for Israel

Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Israel reacts to the Palestinian Authority's winning of observer non-member state status at the United Nations with real-world crackdowns: withholding payment of tax revenues to the Authority and moving forward on settlement plans for the sensitive E1 zone.

US Considers ‘More for More' With Iran

Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Al-Monitor's Barbara Slavin and Laura Rozen have confirmed that the Obama administration is looking for a solid bilateral channel with Iran that will augment multilateral talks and enable the two sides to bargain without five other parties in the room.

Obama Wins 70% of Jewish Vote

Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Al-Monitor's Laura Rozen reports on how President Obama overwhelmingly won the Jewish vote despite Mitt Romney’s campaign claim that he was a better friend to Israel.  

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