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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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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