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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  • April 20, 2016
  • Ilan Goldenberg
  • Reports

Reset, Negotiate, Institutionalize: A Phased Middle East Strategy for the Next President

CNAS Senior Fellow Ilan Goldenberg lays out a phased strategy for the next President to pursue over the next eight years that starts with resetting relations with key regional partners during the early parts of the next term, then negotiating agreements to end the region’s civil wars, and in the...

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  • April 19, 2016
  • Ilan Goldenberg, Peter Kirechu
  • Op-eds

What the US Gives Its Mideast Partners Isn’t Always What They Need

As President Obama heads to Saudi Arabia later this week for a summit with Gulf Cooperation Council leaders, the American public and policymakers are generally united in their desire to avoid another large-scale investment of U.S. forces in the region. Instead, as President Obama recently made...

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  • April 19, 2016
  • Ilan Goldenberg
  • Audio

Plenty Of Friction Expected During Obama's Visit To Saudi Arabia

President Obama leaves this afternoon for Saudi Arabia, and what could be an uncomfortable visit. King Salman and neighboring leaders are unhappy withthe president's overtures to their regional enemy, Iran. And Obama only added to that tension with a magazine interview that was anything but...

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  • April 18, 2016
  • Ilan Goldenberg
  • Press Notes

CNAS Press Note: The President’s Trip to Saudi Arabia

Washington, April 18 – As President Obama heads to Saudi Arabia for meetings with the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Center for a New American Security (CNAS)Middle East Security Program Director Ilan Goldenberg has written a new Press Note, “The President’s Trip to Saudi Arabia.” The...

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  • April 15, 2016
  • Ilan Goldenberg, Nicholas Heras, Paul Scharre
  • Op-eds

Taking the Fight to "ISILSTAN": Displacing and Replacing ISIL in Eastern Syria and Western Iraq

More so than at any time in recent history, last month demonstrated the dichotomous nature of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) current situation. On the one hand, the horrific attacks in Brussels demonstrated ISIL’s capacity to recruit and train operatives in European Muslim...

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  • April 5, 2016
  • Nicholas Heras
  • In the News

US Says Iran Forces Pulling Back in Syria; Others Say No

The Obama administration is making the case that Iran is drawing down its elite fighting force from Syria in an effort to allay fears that Tehran is using its powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Syria to strengthen its influence across the Middle East. Yet the Iranian government said...

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  • April 4, 2016
  • Nicholas Heras
  • In the News

US says Iran forces pulling back in Syria; others say no

The Obama administration is making the case that Iran is drawing down its elite fighting force from Syria in an effort to allay fears that Tehran is using its powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Syria to strengthen its influence across the Middle East. Yet the Iranian government said...

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  • April 4, 2016
  • Rachel Rizzo
  • Op-eds

What ISIS Wants: Punishing Refugees for Brussels

On Tuesday, March 22, twin explosions at the Zaventem Airport and Maelbeek Metro Station rocked Belgium’s capital city of Brussels, killing at least thirty and injuring 230. This comes just days after authorities captured one of the key figures involved in the November 13 Paris attacks, Salah...

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  • March 28, 2016
  • Nicholas Heras
  • In the News

ISIS terrorizes Europe but loses ground at home

ISIS might have pulled off a string of terrorist attacks across Europe in recent months, but on its home turf in Iraq and Syria it has suffered one setback after another. On Monday, Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad recaptured the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. Last week, the U.S...

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  • March 28, 2016
  • Nicholas Heras
  • In the News

Top U.S. general: More American troops headed to Iraq

The country's top military officersaid Friday that he believes the U.S. will soon increase the number of American troops in Iraq. Appearing at a briefing with Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Joseph Dunford said, "The secretary and I both believe that there will...

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