The situation has changed significantly since the Obama administration’s initial offer to talk with Tehran. The post-election protests this summer and the regime’s subsequent crackdown have undermined whatever merit the administration may have once seen in a realpolitik negotiations strategy. With the talks looming, the United States cannot pretend that the violence in the streets never happened, but neither can Washington be seen to fold. In fact, it should raise the stakes by broadening the agenda to include human rights.
The critics of diplomacy have a point: Tehran has nothing to lose, and much to gain, by drawing out talks and committing to little.… Seguir leyendo » “A Human Rights Lever for Iran”