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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  • September 18, 2014
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While world leaders have spent the last few months focusing on how to contain ISIS in Iraq and Syria, there are some fears the Sunni jihadist group may be exporting its violent tactics to foreign countries. Australian authorities announced Thursday that they had detained six people after...

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  • September 18, 2014
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Leon E. Panetta Fellow Dafna Rand testified before the House Select Intelligence Committee on the ISIS terrorist threat to the U.S. and other countries, and the stability of the Middle East. Dr. Rand notes, "More work needs to be done to determine which types of messaging would actually deter...

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  • September 18, 2014
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Gen. James Mattis on Iraq: ‘You just don’t take anything off the table up front’

The Obama administration’s new strategy for combating the Islamic State militant group terrorizing Iraq and Syria should not limit discussion of putting U.S. boots on the ground, and doesn’t go far enough overall, recently retired U.S. Gen. James Mattis told the House Intelligence Committee on...

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  • September 17, 2014
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Despite Beheadings, U.S. Against Hostage Ransoms

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Obama Says No U.S. Ground War Against ISIS But 'Mission Creep' Looms

President Barack Obama reiterated Wednesday that the U.S. is not about to get enmeshed in a ground war in Iraq and Syria. “America can make a decisive difference, but I want to be clear: the American forces deployed to Iraq do not — and will not — have a combat mission," Obama told troops at U.S....

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  • September 17, 2014
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  • September 16, 2014
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  • September 15, 2014
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