Hard choices for Iran in 2010 By Kaveh L Afrasiabi
What will 2010 bring to the stalemated United States-Iran relations? Continuing stalemate, a worsening relationship marked with greater sanctions and punitive measures slated for the Islamic Republic of Iran or, on the other hand, a gradual improvement and perhaps even some breakthrough on the nuclear front occupying the center stage in the current diplomacy between the two nations?
Undoubtedly, these are important questions not only for the US and Iran, but also for Iran’s troubled neighbors, above all Iraq and Afghanistan, the entire Middle East region and, indeed, the international community, all of which have a vested interest in issues of war and peace raised by Iran’s nuclear standoff.
As we approach 2010, in light of the United Nations Security