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 25, 2016
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  • January 25, 2016
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  • January 16, 2016
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  • December 8, 2015
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