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 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
  • 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 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 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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  • November 12, 2014
  • Dafna Rand, Elizabeth Rosenberg, Ilan Goldenberg
  • Press Releases

Press Briefing: The Iran Nuclear Deal Deadline

  UPDATE: The press briefing has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience. Washington, November 12 – The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) will host a briefing for reporters to lay out the major issues and potential outcomes of an Iran-P5+1 nuclear deal as the November 24...

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  • November 7, 2014
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • In the News

A Republican Majority In Congress Could Mean Doom For A Nuclear Deal With Iran

Republicans took control of the Senate in sweeping wins across the country on Tuesday, a shift in power that may not bode well for reaching a deal with Iran over its nuclear program. Six world powers including the United States are working on a plan to scale back Iran’s nuclear program in exchange...

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  • November 6, 2014
  • Dafna Rand, Nicholas Heras
  • Policy Briefs

How This Ends: A Blueprint for De-Escalation in Syria

Deputy Director of Studies and Leon E. Panetta Fellow Dr. Dafna H. Rand and Research Associate Nicholas Heras argue for the importance of focusing on a political framework for de-escalating the civil conflict in Syria. It offers a number of principles and practical steps that would build on U.S....

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  • November 6, 2014
  • Phillip Carter
  • In the News

More Than 600 Reported Chemical Exposure in Iraq, Pentagon Acknowledges

More than 600 American service members since 2003 have reported to military medical staff members that they believe they were exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq, but the Pentagon failed to recognize the scope of the reported cases or offer adequate tracking and treatment to those who may...

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