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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  • October 24, 2014
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A Nuclear Deal Might Not Set Off an Iranian Business Boom

American and Iranian negotiators are racing to cobble together a nuclear deal before a late-November deadline and both sides are signaling cautious optimism that an agreement could finally be in sight. Even if the Obama administration inks a deal, however, many companies will wait to see whether U...

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  • October 24, 2014
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U.S. airstrikes succeeding in cutting oil financing for Islamic State

President Barack Obama in early September announced coalition airstrikes would "degrade and ultimately destroy" the group calling itself the Islamic State. With no boots on the ground, the Pentagon said striking oil installations controlled by the Sunni-led terrorist group would help cut off its...

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  • October 21, 2014
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US, Iran Face Similar Challenges in Syrian Fight Against IS

The United States and Iran are both helping fight Sunni militants in the Islamic State group. But one of the biggest battlefields is Syria, where Washington and Tehran back opposing sides in the civil war. The United States and Iran are both backing Kurdish fighters in Iraq who have retaken some...

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  • October 20, 2014
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Obama acts in Kobani despite Turkish opposition

A new U.S. military operation to help Kurdish forces in Syria follows a months-long diplomatic dance between the Obama administration and another interested party: Turkey. While Obama administration officials cast the latest talks as the United States informing Turkey of its plans, President Recep...

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  • October 16, 2014
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CNAS Releases New Report “The Tourniquet: A Strategy For Defeating the Islamic State and Saving Syria and Iraq”

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  • October 16, 2014
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Contain ISIS, Then Roll It Back

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  • October 15, 2014
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Jordan: The Canary in the Coal Mine

After the United States initiated an airstrike campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Jordanannounced that it was one of five Arab states participating in the effort. Jordan weathered the Arab Spring by holding elections and initiating some political reforms, and has...

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  • October 15, 2014
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US airstrikes have 'minimal effects' on Islamic State. Why that's not all bad.

Despite more than two months of US airstrikes against the Islamic State, there are still large cities in Iraq and Syria that are in danger of falling, Pentagon officials warn. Against that backdrop, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gathered military leaders from 22...

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