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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Despite no-shows, Obama plays host to Gulf leaders

President Obama will welcome leaders from six Persian Gulf nations to Camp David Thursday, in a meeting aimed at strengthening security ties during a time of increasing political and sectarian strife in the Mideast. While the gathering’s stature has suffered setbacks in recent days — both Saudi...

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  • May 11, 2015
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Can Obama Save the GCC Summit?

As President Barack Obama and the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) sit down at Camp David this week, the White House’s goal is clear: reassure America’s Middle Eastern partners that it remains committed to their security. But the summit is clearly not off to a good start, with only...

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  • May 10, 2015
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Middle East: The Iran conversation

Syria’s misery shows no sign of ending; Libya is torn in half; the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is making gains in Iraq; and Yemen is sliding into a humanitarian crisis. When Barack Obama hosts leaders from the Gulf at Camp David on Thursday, he will be confronted by a Middle East that is...

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  • May 8, 2015
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Netanyahu Coalition Seen Keeping U.S.-Israel Relations Frosty

Hours after a new Israeli government was formed, U.S. President Barack Obama issued an obligatory statement saying he “looks forward to working with” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his slender coalition of conservative parties. Few analysts think Obama is really looking forward to another...

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  • May 7, 2015
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Netanyahu's Problems With Obama, Iran and Palestinians Will Continue

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's fragile new government is the most right-leaning in Israeli history, giving the fringe parties outsize power and offering little hope of advancing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process or an improved relationship with the U.S. The new government formed...

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  • May 7, 2015
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The Geopolitics of the Iran Nuclear Deal

As the United States and Iran near an historic nuclear agreement there is an intense debate about whether a deal represents capitulation to Iranian interests in the Middle East or an opportunity to help stabilize the region.  If the United States and its partners learn the lessons of previous...

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  • April 30, 2015
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In Search of a Syria Strategy

The rise of ISIS and the spread of the Syrian civil war to Iraq have led to renewed discussions of U.S. intervention. Middle East Security Research Associate Nicholas Heras debates the issue at a recent CATO Institute event.

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  • April 29, 2015
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Iran Seizes Marshall Islands-flagged Container Ship in Gulf

Iranian forces have seized a Marshall Islands-registered container ship in the Gulf in an incident that is likely to add to international tensions in the sensitive region. Saudi Arabian television initially reported the incident, saying the vessel involved was flying the US flag. However, the...

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  • April 29, 2015
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Ship takeover bears prints of 'Revolutionary Guard'

Iran's abrupt seizure of a commercial vessel in the Persian Gulf raises the big question of who exactly ordered the capture of the Maersk Tigris—and why. Iranian forces seized the Marshall Islands-flagged ship on Tuesday, the Pentagon said, as the vessel was traveling through the Strait of Hormuz...

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