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
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