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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  • July 21, 2014
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • In the News

With Negotiations Extended, U.S. Ponders Future of Iran Sanctions

The original July 20 deadline for the P5+1 countries to reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran has come and gone. The negotiating parties have given themselves four more months to address what U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday called “very real gaps in some areas.” The...

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  • July 19, 2014
  • Marc Lynch
  • In the News

Palestinians Find Show of Support Lacking From Arab Leaders Amid Offensive

CAIRO — Three years ago there was a hope that a growing movement for democracy might make Arab countries more supportive of the Palestinians, as governments grew more responsive to the people and their demands. But during the latest bloodshed in Gaza, the opposite has occurred, according to...

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  • July 18, 2014
  • Paul Scharre
  • In the News

Drones in the hands of Hamas: How worrisome is that?

WASHINGTON — Now that the military wing of Hamas has shown that it can fly armed drones into Israel, does it herald the dawn of a new era of warfare, as some analysts assert? Or is the drone capability mainly useful as a propaganda tool for Hamas to show Palestinians it can penetrate Israeli air...

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  • July 17, 2014
  • Colin H. Kahl
  • Op-eds

Iran's Highly Enriched Bargaining Chip

As talks over Iran's disputed nuclear program enter the home stretch, Tehran has placed a major obstacle in the way of a diplomatic solution: insistence on an industrial-scale uranium enrichment program. On July 15 in Vienna, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad...

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  • July 17, 2014
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • In the News

West considers early sanctions moves in troubled Iran nuclear talks

BRUSSELS/VIENNA, July 17 (Reuters) - With talks between world powers and Iran over a broad nuclear accord at an impasse, Western governments are considering offering a significant easing of sanctions early on in the process to try to wring concessions from Tehran, diplomats say. To be effective,...

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  • July 15, 2014
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • In the News

Iran sanctions cost US economy billions, report says

The US economy has lost more than $135 billion in export revenues and hundreds of thousands of potential jobs because of stringent economic sanctions against Iran, according to a new report by the National Iranian American Council (NIAC). The report, “Losing Billions: The Cost of Iran Sanctions to...

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  • July 14, 2014
  • Marc Lynch
  • Op-eds

Arabs do care about Gaza

Since the Arab uprisings began in late 2010, Palestine has seemed to recede to the margins of Arab discourse. The agenda has been understandably dominated by intensely urgent issues such as the war in Syria, domestic upheavals and uprisings, and the World Cup. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s...

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  • July 14, 2014
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • Policy Briefs

Removing the Barriers: Prospects for Sanctions Relief Under a Final Nuclear Deal with Iran

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Author, Senior Fellow and Director of the Energy, Environment and Security Program, Elizabeth Rosenberg provides recommendations for U.S. lawmakers on how to navigate the complicated web of sanctions on Iran and deliver credible relief in exchange for Iranian nuclear concessions under a final...

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  • July 12, 2014
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • In the News

Iran Nuclear Talks Deadline Looms With Little Angst About Extension

When nuclear negotiations with Iran began, policy wonks and pro-Israel advocates marked July 20 on their calendars. It was the deadline set for reaching a historic agreement between Tehran and the global powers, after which Iran would either rejoin the community of nations or face an escalation...

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  • July 10, 2014
  • Dafna Rand
  • In the News

Iraq Parliament Meets Sunday, Divided on ISIL

Iraq’s parliament will meet on Sunday – a month earlier than planned – as it caves to public pressure to quickly form a new government and unify the nation to stand against the jihadist forces threatening Baghdad. The meeting on July 13, unfortunately, will likely feature continued deadlock...

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