The author of “The Ayatollah’s Democracy,” just back from a reporting trip to Iran, talks about the state of democracy there, one year after the disputed presidential election.
Iran’s protest movement is like “fire under the dirt.” One day, the wind will blow the dirt aside, and the flames could arise again.
The U.S.-led push for sanctions on Iran has opened a rift between world powers and developing nations, threatening international consensus on efforts to limit the spread of nuclear weapons.
Newly declassified documents may well prove what most observers and international officials have suspected for some time: that Israel possesses nuclear weapons.
New sanctions may prevent Iran from building a nuclear bomb. But the deal could hurt broader efforts to control the spread of nuclear weapons around the world.
The nuclear non-proliferation conference this month is taking place amid a much more hopeful atmosphere. But challenges, including Israel’s nuclear program, remain.