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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  • May 31, 2016
  • Events

A Security System for the Two State Solution

CNAS will host a discussion on a report analyzing security measures in the context of the two-state solution that can meet Israeli security requirements and be consistent with Palestinian needs for security, sovereignty and dignity.   Addressing Israel’s Security Requirements   General (Ret) John...

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  • May 24, 2016
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • In the News

Nuclear Deal Promised to Spur Investment. Iran’s Still Waiting.

When Iran and global powers signed a nuclear deal last year, supporters and detractors agreed on one thing: the accord would get billions of investment dollars flowing into the Islamic Republic. The only question was how much. The answer so far -- "not much" -- is infuriating Iranian officials,...

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  • May 24, 2016
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • Congressional Testimony

Elizabeth Rosenberg before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

Senior Fellow Elizabeth Rosenberg testified before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. During the hearing, "Understanding the Role of Sanctions Under the Iran Deal," Rosenberg notes that Iran sanctions are a powerful tool in the U.S. security arsenal and have delivered...

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  • May 22, 2016
  • Nicholas Heras
  • Op-eds

Fighting Terrorism in Syria: It's More Than ISIS

The fact of the matter is that although the United States has provided military assistance to individual Syrian armed opposition groups led by “trusted commanders” since 2012, reportedly via the CIA, it has not acted forcibly enough to leverage its influence within the rebel movement to prevent...

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  • May 17, 2016
  • Ilan Goldenberg
  • In the News

Kerry Says ‘Competing Interests’ Hold Up Syria Peace Accord

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said “competing interests” are holding up a peace settlement in Syria, as Russia argued that President Bashar al-Assad is a “lesser evil” than the chaos that could be sparked by his ouster. Kerry reiterated his goal of striking a deal to end the five years of...

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  • May 12, 2016
  • Paul Scharre
  • In the News

U.S. establishes Libyan outposts with eye toward offensive against Islamic State

American Special Operations troops have been stationed at two outposts in eastern and western Libya since late 2015, tasked with lining up local partners in advance of a possible offensive against the Islamic State, U.S. officials said. Two teams totaling fewer than 25 troops are operating from...

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  • May 12, 2016
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • Congressional Testimony

Elizabeth Rosenberg before House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Elizabeth Rosenberg, senior fellow and director of the CNAS Energy, Economics, and Security Program, testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs discussing the risks of economic engagement with Iran.

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  • May 12, 2016
  • Press Releases

Global Perspectives on Israel and Russia

A Perspective on Israel By Uri Sadot, with a Response from Germany’s Perspective by Ulrike Esther Franke Israel’s stock of operational unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), as outlined in The Military Balance 2015, is composed of three intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance squadrons:...

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  • May 10, 2016
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • In the News

Asian and European banks are still shunning Iran — and Tehran blames the U.S.

  Iran’s long isolation from the global financial system, continuing sanctions and its own practices, such as arresting foreign businessmen as suspected spies, are hampering its ability to benefit more from a groundbreaking nuclear deal, according to current and former U.S. officials and Iran...

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  • May 10, 2016
  • Nicholas Heras
  • Op-eds

From the Bottom, Up: A Strategy for U.S. Military Support to Syria’s Armed Opposition

As negotiations continue to uphold a teetering ceasefire in Syria, Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Middle East Security Program researcher Nicholas Heras has written a new report arguing that the primary U.S. effort in Syria should be a bottom-up strategy to build cohesive, moderate,...

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