FROM George Perkovich
Iran and EU Leaders Issued Joint Statement on Iran Nuclear Talks After failing to meet Tuesday's deadline, negotiators in Switzerland today announced a " tentative agreement " to limit Iran's nuclear program. Federica Mogherini , European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs, said EU sanctions against Iran will end. Correspondent Laura Rozen is in Lausanne, Switzerland for Al-Monitor , an online news outlet focused on the Middle East. Although optimistic, George Perkovich, vice president for studies and director of the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace , says more clarity on the role of the IAEA is needed, and what criteria it will assess in saying Iran has taken all key nuclear-related steps.
The Dangerous Puzzle of Pakistan On the verge of retirement, Admiral Mike Mullen, Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addressed a Senate Committee last week, with Defense Secretary and former CIA Chief Leon Panetta by his side. Mullen testified that "Haqqani operatives planned and conducted" a recent truck bomb attack as well as the assault on our Kabul embassy, and called the network a "veritable arm of Pakistan's Internal Services Intelligence agency." As the US prepares to withdraw from Afghanistan, does it have bigger problems with Pakistan? Is the US threatening military action that could have unintended consequences?
The Dangerous Puzzle of Pakistan On the verge of retirement, Admiral Mike Mullen, Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addressed a Senate Committee last week, with Defense Secretary and former CIA Chief Leon Panetta by his side. Mullen testified that "Haqqani operatives planned and conducted" a recent truck bomb attack as well as the assault on our Kabul embassy. Calling the network a "veritable arm of Pakistan's Internal Services Intelligence agency," his comments reflected the long-held belief of US military and intelligence agencies. Already, the US has used drones in northwestern Pakistan and killed Osama bin Laden without warning Pakistani officials. Is this the start of something more? Would stepped-up cross-border action help end the war in Afghanistan? Would it destabilize Pakistan, a country with nuclear arms? Could the US just withdraw from Afghanistan and forget about Pakistan?
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