• Obama Tries It Both Ways On Iran

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    On the other hand, many Americans and Middle Easterners continue to see Iran as posing a credible threat to regional stability. While it has proved an unlikely partner in the U.S.’ ongoing battle against the Islamic State terror group, it also has close ties to the Syrian government, and it seeks to balance against American-aligned states in the Gulf. From this perspective, wishing for a “successful” Iran is an insult to states that see Obama’s opening to Iran as a betrayal by a key ally. (RELATED: Iran Nuke Deal Deadline Looms, Skepticism Reigns In DC)

    In a recent paper for the Washington-based Project on Middle East Democracy, researcher Dokhi Fassihian wrote that despite promises of reform by Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani, executions, politically motivated arrests, and discrimination against women have all increased in the country since his election in 2013. She also pointed out that “Iran is the only country in the Middle East whose citizens consistently view political reform issues as top-tier concerns.” In other words, the blame for Iran’s human rights downturn is not the fault of the average Iranian voter.

    According to Fassihian, progress on journalistic, religious, and other freedoms in Iran requires American and European leaders to lend ongoing pressure on the topic during the nuclear negotiations, and in the lead-up to the country’s parliamentary elections in 2016. Despite this urgent need, she writes, “the United Nations, the United
    States, and the EU have failed to increase diplomatic pressure on Iran to end its abuses.”

    The latest round of U.S.-Iran nuclear negotiations concluded in November with a seven-month deadline extension, the second consecutive round to end with an extension instead of a deal.

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