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Watch: Gary Samore on the future of the Iran nuclear negotiations

SamoreGary Samore, speaking in Oslo on September 20th at the International Institute for Strategic Studies's Global Strategic Review, reiterated his skepticism that a final nuclear accord will be reached with Iran in the near future. Despite steps forward in the structure of negotiations, he argued, underlying factors make a comprehensive deal unlikely. Watch the video and read the full text of his speech after the jump.

"A sense of desperation"

William TobeyWilliam Tobey examines Iran's recent failure to meet IAEA deadlines to cooperate with the Agency's investigation of Iran's past nuclear activities. Tehran's lack of cooperation, Tobey argues, should serve as a warning to the P5+1 as pressure to conclude a deal grows.

Is the lack of clarity about the Iran-Russia oil-for-goods deal intentional?

Nader Habibi unpacks the possible motivations for the mixed signals from Moscow and Tehran regarding a proposed oil-for-goods deal between the two countries. Both countries, he argues, face domestic opposition to the deal but want to maintain the possibility of a deal as a hedge against tightening Western sanctions.

The Iranian elite and the nuclear negotiations: My reflections from Iran

Payam MohseniPayam Mohseni, just returned from a long trip to Iran, offers his observations on Iranian attitudes toward nuclear negotiations gleaned from meetings with Iranians from across the political spectrum. He finds a distinct disconnect between Iranian and American perceptions of the relationship between the two countries.

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