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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  • October 21, 2014
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US, Iran Face Similar Challenges in Syrian Fight Against IS

The United States and Iran are both helping fight Sunni militants in the Islamic State group. But one of the biggest battlefields is Syria, where Washington and Tehran back opposing sides in the civil war. The United States and Iran are both backing Kurdish fighters in Iraq who have retaken some...

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  • October 20, 2014
  • Richard Fontaine
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Obama acts in Kobani despite Turkish opposition

A new U.S. military operation to help Kurdish forces in Syria follows a months-long diplomatic dance between the Obama administration and another interested party: Turkey. While Obama administration officials cast the latest talks as the United States informing Turkey of its plans, President Recep...

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  • October 16, 2014
  • Richard Fontaine
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Contain ISIS, Then Roll It Back

Nine days after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush addressed a joint session of Congress. Referring to thousands of terrorists active in more than 60 countries, the president committed the United States to “the destruction and to the defeat of the global terror network.” There...

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  • October 16, 2014
  • Nora Bensahel
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  • October 16, 2014
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CNAS Releases New Report “The Tourniquet: A Strategy For Defeating the Islamic State and Saving Syria and Iraq”

Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Adjunct Senior Fellow Dr. Marc Lynch has written a new report, “The Tourniquet: A Strategy for Defeating the Islamic State and Saving Syria and Iraq.” The report makes a series of recommendations for stabilizing the fractious region. The full report is...

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  • October 15, 2014
  • Amanda Claypool
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Jordan: The Canary in the Coal Mine

After the United States initiated an airstrike campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Jordanannounced that it was one of five Arab states participating in the effort. Jordan weathered the Arab Spring by holding elections and initiating some political reforms, and has...

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  • October 15, 2014
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US airstrikes have 'minimal effects' on Islamic State. Why that's not all bad.

Despite more than two months of US airstrikes against the Islamic State, there are still large cities in Iraq and Syria that are in danger of falling, Pentagon officials warn. Against that backdrop, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gathered military leaders from 22...

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  • October 14, 2014
  • Richard Fontaine
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Serious disagreements remain in U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State

Two months after the start of its campaign against the Islamic State, the U.S.-led coalition conducting operations in Iraq and Syria has expanded significantly but remains beset by lingering strategic differences that threaten to undermine the fight. The Obama administration has emphasized the...

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  • October 10, 2014
  • Nora Bensahel
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As ISIS Threatens A Key Town In Syria, Is The U.S. Playing A Dangerous Game?

As the U.S.-led coalition continues to engage the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, much of the world's attention has been focused on Kobani, a city on the northern border of Syria, a stone's throw from Turkey, that the militant group is seemingly determined to capture. The implications for those...

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  • October 9, 2014
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Special Report: How Syria policy stalled under the 'analyst in chief'

Throughout 2012, as signs mounted that militants inSyria were growing stronger, the debate in the White House followed a pattern. In meeting after meeting, as officials from agencies outside the executive residence advocated arming pro-Western rebels or other forms of action, President Barack...

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