The most crucial areas for U.S.-Russia relations in 2010 include cooperation on Afghanistan and Iran, future developments in Georgia and Ukraine, and discussions of a new European security system inclusive of Russia.
It remains to be seen how the Obama administration’s efforts at engagement with Iran will affect the domestic situation, as tensions grow between the opposition leadership’s calls for reform and the movement’s younger members, who are looking for a more fundamental change.
A year of attempts by U.S. officials to engage with Iran has not yet yielded any change in Iran’s nuclear position, but it has succeeded in demonstrating to both the Iranian people and the international community that the problem lies in Tehran, not in Washington.
International threats and sanctions unify Iranians behind an unloved regime while inducements threaten the regime's foundations, which are built on hostility to the world, embattlement, and "resistance."
Engagement with Iran over its nuclear problem has become increasingly complicated; not only has the regime backed away from previous commitments, but internal political developments require the Obama administration to call for engagement without undermining the opposition.
President Ahmadinejad’s announcement that Iran intends to build ten new uranium enrichment plants further complicates the international negotiations over Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
Given the deep economic and cultural ties between Iran and Dubai, the recent economic troubles in the Emirate will certainly have an impact on Iran and may even play a role in the international negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.
An International Atomic Energy Agency resolution demanding that Iran immediately suspend the construction of its enrichment facility near Qom is an important signal that the nonproliferation regime does not accept rule-breakers.
Iran's domestic political turmoil has seemingly caused it to back out of an agreement with the P5+1 to send its processed uranium out of the country. The United States and its allies must now redouble efforts to make sure that Iran does not try to make nuclear weapons
As the domestic political situation in Iran remains tense, the Obama administration is engaged in a careful balancing act, being tepid in its support for the Iranian opposition while engaging the regime in an effort to prevent a nuclear armed Iran.