The Back Channel

New Report Finds It Is Time To Upgrade US-Turkey Ties

Wednesday, May. 9, 2012 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

The United States and Turkey have found themselves growing increasingly aligned amid the Arab uprisings of the past 16 months. Laura Rozen writes that a new report argues for an upgrade of US-Turkish relations, one that recognizes Turkey’s growing importance on the world scene and appreciates the complexity of Turkish democracy.

Kurdistan’s Man In Washington Preps For New Role Back Home

Wednesday, May. 2, 2012 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Qubad Talabani, the longtime Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) envoy to Washington, will move to Kurdistan this summer after a twelve-year run representing Iraqi Kurdistan here that has seen the US invasion and withdrawal from Iraq, Laura Rozen reports.

Could Iran Nuclear Talks Founder over Sanctions Relief?

Tuesday, May. 1, 2012 | Barbara Slavin, Columnist

President Barack Obama signed an executive order Tuesday that bars anyone who violates existing U.S. sanctions against Iran and Syria from gaining access to U.S. financial and commercial systems. Barbara Slavin and Laura Rozen analyze whether Iran will get the sanctions relief it is seeking from nuclear talks scheduled for later this month.

Israel's Former Intelligence Chief Blasts Bibi's Iran Strategy

Sunday, Apr. 29, 2012 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Yuval Diskin launched a stunning broadside attack on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak Friday, saying he doesn’t trust their “messianic” leadership. He accused them of promoting a war on Iran that could accelerate, rather than set back, Iran’s acquisition of a nuclear weapon.

Iranian Hard-Liners Send Positive Signals on Talks

Thursday, Apr. 26, 2012 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Something unusual has happened in the wake of the recent Iran nuclear talks in Istanbul: Iran hardliners have taken to the media and Friday prayers to put a positive gloss on the talks and signal interest in a compromise. Laura Rozen on reading the Tehran tea leaves.

Can Western Women Tame Iran’s Nuclear Negotiators?

Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2012 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

Three high-powered women are the principal negotiators for the P5+1 team in the Iran nuclear talks, which creates a novel working environment for their Iranian counterparts, because women generally can’t get top government jobs in the Islamic Republic. This raises an intriguing question: Could the presence of women across the table from the Iranians change the dynamics in the nuclear talks?

How Iran Talks Were Saved From Verge of Collapse

Monday, Apr. 16, 2012 | Laura Rozen, Back Channel

New details on the Iran nuclear talks this weekend, touted as being very positive, now show the meeting, in fact, deteriorated. Laura Rozen spoke to inside sources who said Iran was "relentless" in its request to delay European sanctions and that the atmosphere had grown extremely strained and tense. 

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