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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  • April 22, 2015
  • Events

Examining U.S.-Israel Relations at a Time of Change in the Middle East

In partnership with:     Examining U.S.-Israel Relations at a Time of Change in the Middle East Date and Time:Wednesday, April 22, 201510:30am ET - 1:00pm ET RSVP to attend this event Bookmark this link to watch the live webcast Welcoming Remarks (10:30 a.m. ET):Rudy deLeon, Senior Fellow, Center...

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  • April 17, 2015
  • Alex Velez-Green
  • Op-eds

Is the Muslim Brotherhood the Key to Egypt's War on Terror?

As Egypt seeks to reclaim its prominence in regional affairs, President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi must acknowledge the fact that his rule is not infallible. The Arab Spring showed that Egyptians have the power to remove their leader, and if he cannot provide them with security, then he will be next....

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  • April 16, 2015
  • Ilan Goldenberg
  • In the News

Iran bill unlikely to scuttle deal

Democrats and Republicans in Congress are both claiming victory by cornering President Barack Obama to sign an Iran bill he didn’t want. But the White House says that misses the point: The final legislation was narrowed enough that it’s not going to stand in their way or do anything to upset the...

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  • April 15, 2015
  • Ilan Goldenberg
  • In the News

Senate panel OKs compromise bill on Iran

A Senate committee unanimously adopted a bill Tuesday that would give Congress a vote on any nuclear deal with Iran, adding a new hurdle to the Obama administration’s effort to complete a binding agreement with Tehran by this summer. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted, 19 to 0, after Sen...

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  • April 15, 2015
  • Ilan Goldenberg
  • In the News

Bob Corker bill could boost Iran, opponents say

Supporters of the Iran nuclear talks expressed frustration with a Senate bill that lets Congress weigh in on a final accord — and disappointment with President Barack Obama for indicating he will sign it. At best, the legislation will give Tehran more leverage in the talks, they argue. At worst,...

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  • April 15, 2015
  • Nicholas Heras
  • In the News

Abadi’s Baggage: Economy, Islamists, Tehran

There were no real fireworks on Day One of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s visit to Washington, just the steady drumbeat of closed door meetings and the promise of $200 million in American humanitarian aid to help Iraqis displaced by fighting with Islamic State militants. But while Iraq is...

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  • April 10, 2015
  • Ilan Goldenberg
  • In the News

How Nespresso and a whiteboard sealed the Iran deal

When foreign ministers and negotiators from six world powers and Iran took to the stage at a Lausanne university auditorium April 2 to announce the reaching of a provisional Iran nuclear accord, much of the audience and the world was blindsided by the level of detail in the announced framework...

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  • April 9, 2015
  • Ilan Goldenberg
  • Op-eds

REMAINING HURDLES TO A NUCLEAR AGREEMENT WITH IRAN

The announcement last week of an agreement between Iran and the P5+1 on the parameters that would form the basis of a final nuclear agreement was a historic breakthrough. If thedetails outlined by the Obama administration hold, the final deal that is due to be negotiated by June 30, will have...

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  • April 9, 2015
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
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Under Deal Framework, a Path to Rapid Lifting of Iran Sanctions

Iran and six nations outlined a possible permanent accord Thursday that would impose long-term limits on the Islamic republic’s nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of nearly all Western and U.N. sanctions. Under the framework, the United States and European Union would begin rolling back...

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  • April 8, 2015
  • Eliot Cohen
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What's the alternative to Obama's nuclear deal with Iran?

Benjamin Netanyahu insists that opposing Thursday’s framework nuclear deal with Iran doesn’t mean he wants war. “There’s a third alternative,” the Israeli prime minister told CNN on Sunday, “and that is standing firm, ratcheting up the pressure until you get a better deal.” There are three...

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