Diplomats, analysts, and journalists have marked February 18 on their calendars, the date when talks over the future of Iran’s nuclear program will resume in Vienna. Meanwhile, President Obama reiterated his threat to veto Senate sanctions legislation, as Democratic cosponsors of the Kirk-Menendez bill began peeling off. This week’s developments from the Iran Matters team . . .
It turns out that some countries that the U.S. State Department has on their embargo list (Syria, Iran, North Korea, Cuba) may not get the touted benefited of MOOCs, namely anyone with any internet connection can learn.
Director Andrew Rossi started his moviemaking journey at Harvard. Literally embedding himself inside of CS50, "Intro to Computer Science," his film began one way---a deep dive into innovative teaching---and with the "disruption"/MOOC moment happening mid-shoot (with Harvard playing a key role)---evolved into something slightly different.
Nader Habibi, professor of economics at Brandeis University, describes the tension between Iran's goal of increasing its share of the world oil market once sanctions are lifted and OPEC's desire to maintain a stable price for crude. He predicts that tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran may drive OPEC to allow the price of oil to drop over the next few years.
While Iran began implementing constraints on its nuclear program, eyes this week turned to two significant meetings in Switzerland. First, the UN hastily withdrew Tehran’s invitation to Syria peace talks beginning in Montreux. A day later, President Rouhani assured an audience of policy influentials at the World Economic Forum in Davos that Iran is committed to “constructive engagement” with the world.