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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  • December 18, 2014
  • Ilan Goldenberg
  • Op-eds

No need for new sanctions on Iran

As the 113th Congress wraps up and the new Congress prepares for the start of 2015 it is evident that one of the central early debates on foreign policy will revolve around new sanctions on Iran.  The sanctions regime imposed by Congress and implemented by the Obama administration played a...

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  • Ilan Goldenberg
  • Op-eds

No need for new sanctions on Iran

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  • December 11, 2014
  • Richard Fontaine
  • In the News

Senate committee votes to authorize fight against Islamic State

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday narrowly approved the first formal authorization for the Obama administration's 5-month-old military campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. Read the full article at Los Angeles Times.

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  • December 8, 2014
  • Nicholas Heras
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Is Israel increasing its role in Syrian conflict?

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.comIn a Fox News interview, Research Assocaite Nick Heras believe the strikes against ISIS are significant in the fight against both Syrian President Bashar Assad and the terror group ISIS.

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  • December 5, 2014
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
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U.S. lawmakers pausing on Iran sanctions over nuclear talks

Congress' passion for sanctions against Iran has united lawmakers of both parties and different political perspectives. But many lawmakers seem to be having second thoughts about their vows to immediately hit Iran with new economic penalties if Tehran's negotiators didn't agree to curb the nation'...

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  • December 4, 2014
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • In the News

US sanctions expert to leave as Iran talks extended

With the decision last week to extend the Iran nuclear deal talks for another seven months, some key members of the US negotiating team, including the State Department’s deputy sanctions chief Richard Nephew, are moving on. But Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman will stay on as the lead US Iran...

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  • December 3, 2014
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
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Lawmakers Seeking Veto-Proof Passage of Iran Sanctions Measure

U.S. lawmakers may soon have enough support to pass a veto-proof measure that would clear the way for sanctions against foreign banks that deal with blacklisted Iranian entities in foreign currencies. The Senate bill, introduced by Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and...

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  • December 2, 2014
  • Ilan Goldenberg
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Press Note: Netanyahu Fires Lapid and Livni, Calls for New Elections

Washington, December 2 – In response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to fire Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, as well as call for new elections, Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Middle East Security Program Director Ilan Goldenberg has...

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  • November 28, 2014
  • Dafna Rand
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U.S. will use psych evaluations, stress tests to screen Syrian rebels for training

The U.S. military will subject Syrian rebels taking part in a new training program to psychological evaluations, biometrics checks and stress tests under a screening plan that goes well beyond the steps the United States normally takes to vet foreign soldiers, a sign of the risks the Obama...

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  • November 26, 2014
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg, Ilan Goldenberg
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A Delicate Atomic Dance: Managing the Aftermath of the Iran Nuclear Talks

With the agreement in Vienna between Iran and the P5+1 on an extension of the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, policy makers will now have to turn to the equally challenging and important task of managing the aftermath. From this point forward, American and Iranian negotiators will have...

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