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The Boeing-Iran Air Deal: Limited in scope and motivated by safety considerations

Mary Fall WadeMary Fall Wade evaluates recent moves by Boeing and Airbus to offer parts and maintenance to Iranian civil aviation. These deals, she argues, are driven by airplane manufacturers' desire to maintain the safety record of their aircraft and do not signal a weakening of the sanctions regime against Iran.

Chances for Iran-U.S. collaboration in Iraq

Kayhan BarzegarKayhan Barzegar explains why it is so unlikely for the U.S. and Iran to work together to confront the current crisis in Iraq. Such narrow cooperation, Barzegar writes, would threaten the delicate political balance that Iran seeks to maintain in the region. In order for a coordinated effort to work, he argues, the U.S. would need to focus on the broader problem of Sunni extremism and bring its own regional partners into the process.

Video: William Tobey testimony on Iran nuclear negotiations

William TobeyWilliam Tobey testified before the House Armed Services Committee last week at a hearing on the P5+1-Iran nuclear negotiations. Tobey argued that any deal should demand that Iran provide "evidence of a fundamental decision not to pursue nuclear weapons":

"Accepting a situation in which Iran insists on keeping a loaded weapon on the table, but simply moves its finger farther from the trigger would not appear to offer sound prospects for long-term success."

Watch the full hearing after the jump.

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