Doug Bedell — December 6, 2013, 12:14 pm

Appraising the Iranian Talks

Never mind that it’s been a dozen years or so that the U.S. last talked seriously with Iran, people who don’t like the U.S.-Iranian relationship will find fault with it. Yet the recent short-term agreement between the West and Iran seems an important step toward a less strident relationship between the us and them.

Homeland Security Watch provides a balanced view of the recently completed first-stage Geneva talks between Iran and Western powers, including the U.S. “Personally,” says writer Arnold Bogis, “I think the deal is positive and a great start, however it cannot be fully judged until (and if) a long-term agreement is eventually reached.” Rather than attempt to settle the Iranian relationship all at once, Bogis refers us to a new website, “Iran Matters,” hosted by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

“The website,” Homeland Security Watch advises, “includes original analysis from the Center’s experts, including former high level White House, State Department, DOD, Intelligence, and IAEA officials. There are also fact sheets, videos, Q & A’s, etc….all the trimmings of a thorough policy-orientated website.” Looks like a good source on an oft-vexing subject.

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