A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama's Diplomacy with Iran by Trita Parsi

By Trita Parsi

Have the diplomatic efforts of the Obama management towards Iran failed? used to be the Bush administration's emphasis on army intervention, refusal to barter, and pursuit of regime switch a greater strategy? How can the us top tackle the continuing turmoil in Tehran? This publication presents a definitive and complete research of the Obama administration's early diplomatic outreach to Iran and discusses tips on how to circulate towards extra confident family among the 2 discordant states.

Trita Parsi, a center East international coverage professional with vast Capitol Hill and United international locations event, interviewed 70 high-ranking officers from the united states, Iran, Europe, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Brazil—including the head American and Iranian negotiators—for this publication. Parsi uncovers the formerly unknown tale of yank and Iranian negotiations in the course of Obama's early years as president, the calculations in the back of the 2 nations' dealings, and the genuine purposes for his or her present stalemate. opposite to triumphing opinion, Parsi contends that international relations has no longer been absolutely attempted. for numerous purposes, Obama's international relations ended up being a unmarried roll of the cube. It needed to paintings both immediately—or on no account. endurance and perseverance are keys to any negotiation. Neither Iran nor the U.S. had them in 2009.

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While the references to human rights in the Security Council’s debates and resolutions has increased in recent years, Weschler is only cautiously optimistic about the extent to which the promotion and protection of human rights have seized a permanent place in the Council’s diplomatic activities. She shows that on the one hand some members of the Security Council remain reluctant to accept the Council’s engagement with human rights. On the other hand, Weschler highlights that human rights issues can indeed be taken forward in the Council’s diplomacy on the initiative of one or more than one of its members.

Bush, Decision Points (New York: Virgin Books, 2010); D. Rumsfeld, Known and Unknown (New York: Penguin Group, 2011). For an advance report on what will be included in Vice-President Cheney’s forthcoming memoir, see ‘Memoirs to Reveal Dick Cheney Thought Bush had Gone Soft on War on Terror’ M. uk/world/2009/aug/ 13/dick-cheney-george-bush-memoirs [last accessed 4 March 2011]. 27 G. Ulrich, ‘Universal Human Rights: An Unfinished Project’ in K. ), Human Rights on Common Grounds? The Quest for Universality (The Hague/London/ New York: Kluwer Law International, 2001).

Chapter 12 by Kędzia34 elaborates on the advantages and the risks of holding big conferences on human rights. Focusing on the outcome of the 1993 Vienna World Conference on Human Rights, he shows that many of the statements adopted by the Conference after highly controversial negotiations had a profoundly positive impact on the development of international human rights law and the strengthening of UN human rights mechanisms. For instance, the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action35 suggested the creation of the institution of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and strongly encouraged the negotiation and adoption of new international human rights treaties, among them the Optional Protocols to the Convention against Torture and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

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