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The Iran grand bargain


Sam Roggeveen


1 April 2008 11:10

Global Dashboard recently revived discussion about the legendary Iranian 'grand bargain' offer of 2003, linking to a Columbia Journalism Review story that paints the press as complicit in the Bush Administration's characterisation of Iran as an imminent nuclear threat. Given what Iran was tabling for discussion in this mysterious document — full transparency of the nuclear program, cooperation in Iraq, an end to Iranian support for terrorist groups, acceptance of a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine — the Columbia Journalism Review has a strong case that the story has been under-reported.

For a contrary view on the document itself, it's worth reading this piece in the Weekly Standard's blog, which includes quotes from then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and an Iranian newspaper editor casting doubt on who, in the Iranian regime, actually authorised the grand bargain.