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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  • January 26, 2015
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg, Ilan Goldenberg
  • Press Notes

CNAS Press Note: A Big Week on the Hill for Iran Nuclear Diplomacy

In anticipation of planned Congressional action concerning nuclear diplomacy with Iran, Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Energy, Economics, and Security Program Director Elizabeth Rosenberg and Middle East Security Program Director Ilan Goldenberg have written a new Press Note laying out...

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  • January 23, 2015
  • Ilan Goldenberg, Jacob Stokes, Nicholas Heras
  • Op-eds

The Real U.S.-Iran Dilemma: What Happens After a Nuclear Deal?

There is a fierce debate in both the United States and Iran about the possible implications of a nuclear agreement for broader relations between the two states after thirty-five years of conflict. Optimists argue that a breakthrough could lead to extensive coordination on regional issues—most...

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  • January 23, 2015
  • Ilan Goldenberg
  • In the News

Obama, Kerry freeze out Bibi over impromptu Hill visit

WASHINGTON — New US sanctions on Iran would potentially act as a “grenade” that could lead to the collapse of the current negotiations between Iran and the six world powers for a nuclear deal that Israel considers weak, the head of Israel’s intelligence service said in an unusual statement Jan. 22...

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  • January 21, 2015
  • Marc Lynch
  • Op-eds

The mysterious absence of women from Middle East policy debates

Last year, six leading Washington think tanks presented more than 150 events on the Middle East that included not a single woman speaker. Fewer than one-quarter of all the speakers at the 232 events at those think tanks recorded in our newly compiled data-set were women. How is it possible that in...

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  • January 20, 2015
  • Ilan Goldenberg
  • In the News

Obama vows to veto Iran sanctions as Zarif sees Kerry

GENEVA — It is testament to the focus and intensity with which the US and Iranian administrations are pursuing a nuclear deal that within a few hours on Jan. 16 the following occurred: President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron, speaking at the White House, made a forceful...

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  • January 20, 2015
  • Nicholas Heras
  • Blog Posts

SOTU: Nicholas Heras on Syria

President Obama should take this opportunity to present a vision for the framework of a post-Assad Syria, and not simply limit his remarks to an update on the U.S.-led Coalition campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and the ongoing effort to remove international jihadist...

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  • January 20, 2015
  • Ilan Goldenberg
  • Blog Posts

SOTU: Ilan Goldenberg on Iran

The President’s message on Iran will be closely watched by the leadership in Tehran, skeptical members of Congress, and anxious Arab and Israeli partners. The President should start by making clear that the Islamic Republic should not let the historic opportunity presented by the negotiations...

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  • January 19, 2015
  • Amanda Claypool, Nicholas Heras
  • Op-eds

Does the Islamic State Pose a Threat to Morocco and Jordan?

The Middle East and North Africa‘s constitutional monarchies are surviving the upheaval of the Arab Spring. Morocco and Jordan, two key US allies in the region, are popularly billed as constitutional monarchies. The two kingdoms are generally regarded as “islands of stability” in an imploding...

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  • January 15, 2015
  • Ilan Goldenberg, Jacob Stokes, Nicholas Heras
  • Policy Briefs

Slow Thaw: Testing Possibilities for Cooperation with Iran After a Nuclear Deal

With nuclear negotiations between Iran and the United States restarting today, Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Middle East Security Program Director Ilan Goldenberg, CNAS Bacevich Fellow Jacob Stokes, and CNAS Middle East Program Research Associate Nicholas Heras have produced a new...

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