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  • Iran Review’s Exclusive Interview with Jim Walsh

    By: Kourosh Ziabari

    As Iran and the group of six world powers convene in Vienna for a new
    round of talks over the Tehran’s nuclear program, it appears more
    important to study the different aspects of the decade-long controversy
    that has marred and tarnished Iran’s relations with the international
    community, especially the United States and the European Union.

    Signs are emerging that Iran’s blemished relations with the West are being
    reconstructed, especially after Iran signed a breakthrough deal with the
    P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany)
    on November 24, 2013 known as the Joint Plan of Action.

    Following the election of Hassan Rouhani as the President of Iran in June
    2013, seven European foreign ministers, the EU foreign policy chief and
    parliamentary delegations from different countries traveled to Iran and
    voiced their enthusiasm for expanding their respective countries’ ties
    with Iran.

    Iran Review has conducted many interviews with American and European
    scholars regarding the new turn in Iran’s foreign relations and the
    importance of the ongoing nuclear negotiations. Our latest guest is Dr.
    Jim Walsh. Dr. Walsh is a Research Associate at the Massachusetts
    Institute of Technology’s Security Studies Program. His writings and
    analyses have appeared on several prominent publications including the New
    York Times, the New York Review of Books, Washington Post, Wall Street
    Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times, Associated
    Press, Reuters, Time magazine and the Economist. Prior to joining MIT, Dr.
    Walsh was Executive Director of the Managing the Atom project at Harvard
    University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a visiting scholar
    at the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National

    Jim Walsh believes that although Iran and the United States have
    historical grievances toward each other, they can put aside the
    differences and move toward the complete normalization of the bilateral
    relations progressively. He believes that although there are several
    issues which keeps the two nations away from each other, reconciliation
    and détente would be possible through continued talks and negotiations. On
    the nuclear issue, he says that he is opposed to the military nuclear
    programs of such countries as Israel, Pakistan and India and believes that
    it’s in the best interests of the whole international community that all
    the nuclear weapons states eliminate their arsenals.

    Iran Review conducted an exclusive interview with Dr. Walsh on the new
    round of talks between Iran and the six world powers, the future
    perspectives for the resolution of the nuclear standoff and the ways for
    the improvement of Iran-U.S. relations. What follows is the text of the

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