With the election of Hassan Rouhani as President of Iran, the P5+1 have discussed agreement on a potential interim nuclear accord with Tehran. As part of such an agreement, the notion of ‘sanctions-easing’ has entered the lexicon as a potentially viable inducement for Iran to assent to such a deal. President Obama has likened the use of sanctions to that of a spigot – to be turned up or down as needed by the administration. Read more about Is there such a thing as ‘sanctions-easing’?
The first step agreement slows down Iran’s uranium and plutonium clocks, which is needed. At the same time, it is important to recognize that the agreement addresses but does not rollback Iran’s capabilities. The most significant work and hurdles lie ahead in the contours of any end-game agreement. In the meantime, good implementation, cooperation and compliance of boundaries set on Iran’s nuclear program will be a test of its new approach. Read more about The verification devil in the details
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has some legitimate concerns about an interim deal, but his extreme opposition to a deal is hard to understand even from an Israeli perspective. Netanyahu's focus now should be on ensuring a final agreement produces the best possible outcome for Israel, though not through an open confrontation with the United States. Read more about An interim nuclear deal: the view from Israel
Professor Ahmed Ragab launched the Harvard Global Health Institute’s Fall 2013 “Informal Conversations” series, which explores cross-disciplinary issues, ideas, challenges, and opportunities in global health, with a luncheon talk involving faculty and students on October 30, 2013. Prof. Ragab began by framing "global health" within its broader history: interactions between the power-dominant rich regions of the "global north" and the historically lower- and middle-income regions of the "global south". A secular discourse has shaped these interactions, separating religion from health in much of the Western world since the sixteenth century. Both medical missions and colonial medicine have perpetuated power differentials, and these effects continue to impact the lived experiences of many around the world for whom faith is an important part of a complex set of beliefs that in turn affect health attitudes and behaviors.