There’s a report out today from the current deputy Prime Minister of Syria that they would be “ready to discuss” the resignation of Bashar al-Assad and the transition to a new government. That the statement came while the deputy PM was in Russia for talks adds some significance. Upon closer inspection, however, it looks more like a tactic than anything.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday August 22, 2012 12:00 pm|
|By: David Dayen Thursday June 21, 2012 8:55 am|
Allowing Assad, who has murdered at least 10,000 of his own people in the past year or so, to receive clemency would be a gut-wrenching outcome. But if it ends the carnage, it could be seen as a positive step.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday June 20, 2012 9:00 am|
With significant factions on both sides rooting for failure in the Iranian nuclear talks, it should come as no surprise that they came up short after wrapping up last night. There isn’t much of a way forward at this point. Nuclear experts from the two sides will meet in Instanbul in early July to discuss the technical issues surrounding the negotiations. After that, some deputy-level talks may ensue, but the principals have no future timetable.
|By: David Dayen Monday June 18, 2012 10:30 am|
A new round of talks on the Iranian nuclear program opened in Moscow today, and Iran has already made an opening bid. Western powers show no signs to agreeing to allow Iran to become a nuclear power.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday June 13, 2012 12:15 pm|
Iran has agreed to discuss proposals to limit its uranium enrichment at talks in the next week in Moscow over its nuclear program, according to European Union officials. Meanwhile, the US Senate keeps erecting preconditions to futher talks.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday June 5, 2012 2:30 pm|
After a couple weeks of hope, there troubling signs about the future of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. It appeared the IAEA had struck a deal with Iran for future inspections, but now, IAEA chief Yukiya Amano has announced new talks, as well as a revelation about satellite images showing demolished buildings at Parchin, one of the sought-after sites by UN weapons inspectors.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday May 29, 2012 1:20 pm|
The US has expelled Syria’s top diplomat in Washington, just one of many Western countries to throw out Syrian envoys after the Houla massacre. The name missing from that list is Russia, whose Foreign Minister yesterday said that the rebels share the blame with the government for the massacre. This Russian roadblock prevents serious action by the UN Security Council.
|By: David Dayen Monday May 28, 2012 11:00 am|
Hopes that last week’s diplomatic round between the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, plus Germany) and Iran would produce progress on the nuclear question have begun to wane, hampered by a media pushback from hardliners on both sides.
|By: David Dayen Thursday May 24, 2012 2:25 pm|
Negotiations between Iran and the P5+1, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany, wrapped up today in Baghdad and the best news from the meeting is that there will be another round of talks, in Moscow, next month. As long as the two sides keep talking, something good could transpire.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday May 23, 2012 7:45 am|
Nuclear talks between the P5 +1 – permanent Security Council members China, Russia, France, Britain and the US, plus Germany – and Iran begin today in Baghdad. This comes on the heels of an imminent announcement between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency, based on talks from recent days in Tehran.