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Iranian Nuclear: From 13-Year Standoff To 11th-Hour Deal

A timeline of a standoff that long seemed destined to continue, or worse.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on June 30
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on June 30
Quentin Sedillo

PARIS — Iran and the major world powers have reached an agreement on the Iranian nuclear program, putting an end to 21 months of negotiations that included this final round of more than 17 days of fierce talks in Vienna. Truth be told, the diplomatic standoff has been plaguing international relations for more than 12 years. Here is a brief timeline of the Iranian nuclear standoff:

2002 — Short-lived trust

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Our 'Emotional' Divide: How The Ukraine War Reveals A World Broken In Two

Russia's invasion has created a stark global divide: them and us. On one side are the countries refusing to condemn Moscow, with the West on the other. It's a dangerous split that could have repercussions far into the future.

Protesters against the war in Ukraine demonstrate in front of the Russian embassy in London

Dominique Moïsi

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PARIS — "The West and the Rest of Us." That's the title of a 1975 essay written by Nigerian essayist and critic Chinweizu Ibekwe. I've been thinking about his words as the war in Ukraine both reveals and accelerates divisions of the world that I believe are ultimately "emotional" in nature.

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With war returning to Europe and the risk of escalation, there is a gap between the Western view and that of the "others," a distinct "us and them." This gap cannot be explained in strictly geographical, political, and economic terms.

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