On The New Round of Iran Talks

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People ask me -- on the street, on the Metro, at fine dining establishments -- "Hey, Goldblog, what about that new round of talks between the six powers and Iran? Should I be paying attention to this, on the chance that there will be a breakthrough on the subject of Iran's nuclear program?" And I say, "I think you should pay about as much attention to these talks as you would pay to the Middle East peace process, which is to say, none, until alerted otherwise." I'm reasonably sure Iran will, at some point, feint in the direction of rationality, but I doubt very seriously that much will come of this. Iran wants nuclear weapons; it's in the best self-interest of Iran's ruling clique to want nuclear weapons. I'd be pretty surprised if some meaningful breakthrough takes place in Geneva. 

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Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. Author of the book Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror, Goldberg also writes the magazine's advice column. More

Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. Previously, he served as a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward, and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

His book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. Goldberg rthe recipient of the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism. He is also the recipient of 2005's Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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