Colum Lynch reports that Turkey is pressing for a Security Council statement on the Israeli commando raid on a flotilla headed for Gaza. The issue comes at a delicate moment for U.S. diplomats, as they attempt to forge Council consensus … Continue reading
Let’s stipulate something: it is exceedingly unlikely that a new round of Security Council sanctions–and certainly not the very modest ones being discussed now–will dissuade Iran from pursuing a nuclear weapons program. Even if the Council were to pass the … Continue reading
Tehran is working hard to paint the current dynamic on the Security Council as a struggle by the West to cling to power, even as emerging powers like Turkey and Brazil assume new prominence. According to one senior Iranian official: … Continue reading
In testimony before the Senate, Hillary Clinton just announced that the U.S. has reached agreement with Russia and China and is ready to circulate a draft resolution to the rest of the Security Council.
Thus far, the Western Security Council members have reacted skeptically (here, here, and here) to the Brazil and Turkey-brokered deal with Tehran, through which Iran would ship much of its uranium to Turkey. Interestingly, Moscow appears to be doubtful as well. … Continue reading
At TPM, Steve Clemons offers some gentle words of warning to Brazil about its assertive Iran diplomacy. Brazilian president Lula da Silva is scheduled to arrive in Tehran for talks on Saturday, and the State Department is scrambling to head off a … Continue reading
Moscow warns against bypassing the Security Council on Iran–and awaits Lula’s arrival to discuss possible compromises. The European Union warily greets David Cameron. More rumors that Gordon Brown might covet an IMF job. ASEAN is nervous about the crisis in … Continue reading