- By Yochi Dreazen
Yochi Dreazen is a Managing Editor for News at Foreign Policy. He is also writer-in-residence at the Center for a New American Security. His book about military suicide was published by Random House's Crown division in 2014.
Prior to joining Foreign Policy, Dreazen was a contributing editor at the Atlantic and the senior national security correspondent for National Journal. He began his career at the Wall Street Journal and spent 11 years at the newspaper, most recently as its military correspondent. He was born in Chicago, and later attended the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn, he edited the award-winning daily campus newspaper and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1999 with degrees in History and English. He was hired by the Wall Street Journal immediately after graduation. Dreazen arrived in Iraq in April 2003 with the Fourth Infantry Division, and spent the next two years living in Baghdad as the Wall Street Journal's main Iraq correspondent.
Dreazen has made more than 12 lengthy trips to Iraq and Afghanistan and has spent a total of nearly four years on the ground in the two countries, mostly doing front-line combat embeds. He has reported from more than 20 countries, including Pakistan, Russia, China, Israel, Japan, Turkey, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia.
In 2010, Dreazen received the Military Reporters & Editors association’s top award for domestic military reporting in a large publication for a series of articles about military suicide and the psychological traumas impacting veterans of the two long wars. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Smithsonian, Tablet and the New Republic and he appears regularly on TV and radio programs such as NPR's Diane Rehm Show and PBS' Washington Week with Gwen Ifill. Dreazen gives frequent lectures about journalism, the wars and current events to both civilian and military audiences.
Dreazen lives in Washington with his wife, Annie Rosenzweig Dreazen, and their beloved Golden Retriever, Charlie.
The United States, Iran, and five other major powers said late Friday that they would extend the high-stakes talks over Iran’s nuclear program for four months while negotiators try to close what both sides acknowledge to be major divides over several issues.
Iran and the so-called P5+1 countries — the United States, Britain, Russia, France, China, and Germany — signed a deal in Geneva last November that effectively froze Iran’s uranium enrichment program in exchange for a modest loosening of the West’s punishing economic sanctions on Tehran. The two sides set a July 20 deadline for striking a permanent deal.
It has become clear for weeks that the deadline will not be met and that an extension is likely; the Obama administration and the government of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani have both invested so much time and political capital that neither would want to walk away from the negotiating table and fully concede that the efforts had failed.
Obama administration officials insist that the talks have made major progress that justify giving negotiators until November to pursue a final deal. In a statement, Secretary of State John Kerry said, "The very real prospect of reaching a good agreement that achieves our objectives necessitates that we seek more time."
Still, Kerry and other administration officials acknowledge that major gaps remain. Iran, according to a new proposal put forth by Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, would be willing to maintain the current near-total freeze on its uranium enrichment program for seven years but then wants the ability to resume larger-scale enrichment. The United States wants Iran to permanently dismantle major parts of its nuclear infrastructure and accept long-term limits on the amounts of uranium it can enrich.
It’s far from clear those gaps can be bridged, but both sides have apparently concluded that it’s worth the attempt, at least for four months. Come November, it will be clear if that optimism was justified.