Iran

U.S. policy is committed to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, and the administration’s “dual track” policy of pressure and diplomacy aims to achieve that objective. Yet despite unprecedented international sanctions, Iran’s nuclear progress and support for terrorism and regional militancy continue. The CNAS Iran project, led by Senior Fellow Dr. Colin Kahl, former U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East, provides detailed assessments of the global and regional consequences of Iranian nuclearization and the full range of policy alternatives for addressing the threat.

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  • November 25, 2014
  • Ilan Goldenberg
  • In the News

Race to sign Iran nuclear deal before Republican takeover of Congress

Negotiators are racing to complete an elusive deal on the Iranian nuclear programme before conservatives in the US and Iran can close down the talks. The discussions have been extended until the end of June after the failure of Iran and six world powers to achieve a breakthrough in Vienna, with...

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  • November 24, 2014
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • In the News

Nuclear Talks, Glutted Markets Offer Iranian Economy Little Relief

The seven-month extension of nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers agreed to in Vienna means Iran can expect little relief from sanctions that have hamstrung its oil exports and whacked its economy. What's more, even if Iran can secure some respite during the next round of talks,...

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  • November 24, 2014
  • Nicholas Heras
  • In the News

Egypt, the Most Important Arab Nation, Is an ISIS Target

Egypt has historically been one of the most stable countries in the Middle East. Today, after the failed 2011 “Arab Spring” and shake-up of official power, Egypt’s economy is crippled. The tourism industry is dead. Many other vital sectors are in a bad shape, like electricity and gas. Half of the...

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  • November 24, 2014
  • David W. Barno, USA (Ret.)
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The Search for the Plan To Destroy ISIS

The United States has promised that America will “degrade and destroy” ISIS in a “targeted, relentless counterterrorism campaign.” But two and a half months in,ISIS’s appeal shows little sign of waning. And the question is, even if the U.S. is able to kill the elusive architect of ISIS’s ascent,...

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  • November 20, 2014
  • Ilan Goldenberg
  • In the News

Scepticism grows over Iran nuclear deal as deadline looms

John Kerry joined Iran nuclear negotiations in Vienna as they entered a hectic final phase on Thursday night, fighting growing scepticism that they can be completed by the Monday deadline. The US secretary of state was due to hold late-night talks with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif...

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  • November 20, 2014
  • Ilan Goldenberg
  • In the News

Extension of Iran nuclear talks would be a hard sell in Congress

In its efforts to strike a nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration has faced a two-part challenge: forging an agreement in international negotiations and then selling it at home. Now, with negotiators in Vienna five days from their deadline, it appears the second part of the task will be...

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  • November 19, 2014
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg, Ilan Goldenberg
  • Press Notes

Press Note: Prospects for Negotiations with Iran and Nuclear Diplomacy

Washington, November 19 – In advance of the November 24th deadline for Iran nuclear negotiations, Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Energy, Environment, and Security Program Director Elizabeth Rosenberg and Middle East Security Program Director Ilan Goldenberg have written a new press note...

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  • November 18, 2014
  • Ilan Goldenberg
  • Press Releases

Ilan Goldenberg, Fmr. Chief of Staff to Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations and Iran Team Chief of OSD-Policy, Named CNAS Middle East Security Program Director

  Washington, November 18 – The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) announced today that Ilan Goldenberg will join CNAS as a Senior Fellow and Middle East Security Program Director. Mr. Goldenberg comes to CNAS from the U.S. Department of State, where he served as Chief of Staff to the...

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  • November 18, 2014
  • Ilan Goldenberg
  • In the News

Murder in Israeli Synagogue Won't Escalate Violence

Three victims were American and one was English, and six others were injured during the latest incident in a string of increasing regional violence over the past several weeks. The attackers have been identified as two Palestinian cousins, Odai Abed Abu Jamal, 22, and Ghassan Muhammad Abu Jamal,...

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  • November 14, 2014
  • Dafna Rand
  • Op-eds

A Big Step Forward: Tunisia’s Fragile Democratic Consolidation

Those in Washington still hopeful about the positive potential of the 2011 Arab uprisings should celebrate Tunisia’s successful October 26 legislative elections. By all accounts, the elections were an unprecedented success compared to regional standards: they were competitive, well managed and...

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