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 6, 2015
  • Ilan Goldenberg
  • Press Notes

CNAS Press Note: Key Elements of a Successful Nuclear Agreement with Iran

Washington, July 6 – In advance of the anticipated deal between the P5+1 and Iran over that country’s nuclear program, Center for a New American Security Middle East Security Program Director Ilan Goldenberg has written an new Press Note, “Key Elements of a Successful Nuclear Agreement.” The full...

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  • July 5, 2015
  • Ilan Goldenberg
  • In the News

Even if Obama Wins an Iran Nuclear Deal in Vienna, Can He Sell It at Home?

It might be too much to say that President Barack Obama’s administration went nuclear last month on a New York Times story suggesting that Iran was reneging on a tentative deal to freeze its uranium enrichment program. But the June 3 report was, at the least, roundly blasted by the State...

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  • July 2, 2015
  • Ilan Goldenberg
  • In the News

State Department Slams Last-Minute Push To Sabotage Iran Deal

WASHINGTON -- The Senate’s two leading Iran hawks are pushing for legislation that would extend sanctions against Iran for 10 years, despite repeated pleadings from the White House to hold off on additional sanctions until the conclusion of ongoing negotiations between Iran, the U.S. and five...

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  • June 24, 2015
  • Michele Flournoy, Richard Fontaine
  • Op-eds

Lean Forward in Iraq

The announcement this month that 450 additional U.S. trainers and support troops will deploy to Iraq represents a modest step forward in the fight against the Islamic State. But the move by itself will not turn the tide in a faltering effort. To succeed in the president’s ambition of ultimately...

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  • June 23, 2015
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • In the News

Iran's oil output goals likely unrealistic because of risk, report says

Iran's ambitions to produce 4 million barrels a day of oil and 1 million b/d of condensate by 2018 are likely unrealistic because US and European banks and companies are reluctant to take on high-risk investments, according to a report a Washington-based think tank will release Tuesday."A more...

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  • June 23, 2015
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg, Dr. Sara Vakhshouri
  • Policy Briefs

Iran’s Economic Reintegration: Sanctions Relief, Energy, and Economic Growth Under a Nuclear Agreement with Iran

Senior Fellow Elizabeth Rosenberg and Dr. Sara Vakhshouri, president of SVB Energy International, LLC, lay out how the removal of international sanctions on Iran is likely to proceed and what this will mean for Iran's economic prospects - most notably, Iran's energy sector. The report offers...

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  • June 16, 2015
  • Paul Scharre
  • In the News

More troops to Iraq? Six questions Pentagon needs to answer first.

What exactly is the US mission in Iraq? Is it simply to defeat Islamic State, is it to bring about lasting stability, or – more ambitious still – to do something that still holds out hope for former President Bush's original goal of democracy in Iraq? Is there a solid goal that US trainers can...

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  • June 15, 2015
  • Ilan Goldenberg
  • Reports

U.S. Strategy After the Iran Deal: Seizing Opportunities and Managing Risks

As Iran and the P5+1 close in on the deadline for a deal addressing Iran’s nuclear program, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Middle East Security Program Director Ilan Goldenberg has released a new report, U.S. Strategy After the Iran Deal: Seizing Opportunities and Managing Risks...

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  • June 8, 2015
  • Richard Fontaine
  • Audio

Obama: U.S. Lacks A 'Complete Strategy' For Training Iraqi Forces

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