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Joby Warrick and Greg Miller reported in the Washington Post on 8 April that White House officials are confident that Iran is not engaged in making nuclear weapons. ››read more
Editor's note: Peter Jenkins was the UK’s Permanent Representative to the IAEA for 2001-06 and is now a partner in ADRg Ambassadors.
A new era has begun in the European Union (EU)-Iran relations recently where the two sides are constantly involved in a sanctions-countersanctions business. ››read more
To state that it will result in thousands, if not millions, of dead bodies, should be enough to convince that war between the US and Iran is a bad idea.
But if more evidence is needed, we could think of the current world economy as a child on its knees begging for mercy and an outbreak of war would be to put a bullet between its eyes. ››read more
Article 51 of the UN Charter permits a state to act in “self-defence if armed attack occurs.” Authorities hold this to mean (following Britain’s former attorney general, Lord Goldsmith) that this “permits the use of force in self-defence against an imminent attack, but does not authorize the use of force to mount a pre-emptive strike.” Since law stands or falls by precedent, an attack on Iran that failed to meet these criteria would undermine the rule of law. ››read more
Editor's note: John Polanyi has long been involved in international debate on nuclear issues. He is a professor of chemistry and Nobel Laureate at the University of Toronto.
In a recent interview with the BBC, Israel's deputy Prime Minister, Dan Meridor, who is also the country's Minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy, said that the prospect of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons "...sends shivers of fear to all Arab countries." The assumption behind this statement is that "Arab states" see in Iran's nuclear program a threat to their national security. This might lead one to believe that Arab governments and publics would support, or at least not oppose, military measures against Iran. ››read more
Editor's note: Nadim N. Rouhana is professor of international affairs and conflict studies at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University