Michael Adler, a longtime reporter for Agence France-Presse, is currently a scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center and is writing a book on Iran’s nuclear diplomacy, which he has covered for most of this decade.

The interim agreement on Iran’s nukes was fuzzy, but now the real talks have begun on what sort of capacities—from centrifuges to missiles—the Islamic Republic will retain in a new deal.

Proliferation

As Iran and the West launch their latest nuclear talks, relations are at their warmest in decades. Michael Adler reports from Geneva on what Rouhani and Obama want.

Previous negotiations over Iran’s alleged pursuit of nuclear weapons have ended in failure. This time around, a diplomatic breakthrough is possible, but it won’t happen overnight.

Israel and the U.S. have agreed to stick with sanctions as the only leverage against Iran for now, while Iran, bowing to international pressure, agrees to talks and perhaps the presence of U.N. inspectors at the disputed Parchin military testing center.