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Policy Briefs
January 31, 2020
On January 10, 2020, the U.S. announced a new executive order and other measures to restrict foreign trade with Iran’s metals, mining, manufacturing, construction, and textiles sectors. These actions, which included designations of foreign firms, put pressure on countries that still have some economic relations with Iran.
Newsletters
January 31, 2020
This month's newsletter features a policy brief on the impact of new U.S. sanctions directed at Iran's heavy industries – in particular the metals sector. This sector, which includes mining, manufacturing, and construction, is crucial to Iran’s struggling economy. It represents about 10% of Iran’s export economy, according to the U.S. government. 
Newsletters
December 27, 2019
This month's newsletter features the latest U.N. reports on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2231 and an update on the companies that have abandoned trade and other activities with Iran, including in response to the U.S. decision to terminate sanctions waivers related to the Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant.
Weapon Program Background Report
December 13, 2019
This chronology tracks chemical weapon-related developments involving Iran, from its accession to the Geneva Protocol in 1929, through the use of chemical weapons during the Iran-Iraq War, Iran's CW-related procurement from foreign suppliers, and U.S. sanctions targeting entities involved in these procurement efforts.
Policy Briefs
December 5, 2019
On May 8, 2018, President Donald J. Trump announced the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear agreement. Effective immediately, U.S. nuclear sanctions on Iran were reinstated and the President warned that "any nation that helps Iran in its quest for nuclear weapons could also be strongly sanctioned by the United States."
Newsletters
November 26, 2019
This month's newsletter features an essay on the history of Iran's efforts to develop chemical weapons and an update on the companies that have abandoned trade with Iran, one year after the United States re-imposed powerful sanctions on Iran's banking, energy, and shipping sectors. 
Weapon Program Background Report
November 26, 2019
This essay describes the origins of Iran's chemical weapon (CW) program during the Iran-Iraq war, Iran's efforts to establish an indigenous CW production capability through foreign procurement, its CW-related transfers, and its adherence to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).
International Enforcement Actions
November 15, 2019
The U.S. Department of Justice unsealed an indictment last week charging Iranian nationals Ali Reza Shokri, Behzad Pourghannad, and Farzin Faridmanesh with orchestrating the shipment of carbon fiber from the United States to Iran. However, the three Iranians represent just half of a continent-spanning scheme first revealed seven years ago, when a...
Newsletters
October 31, 2019
This month's newsletter features analysis of a recent U.S. export enforcement case against two men who conspired to ship export controlled machine tools with nuclear applications from the United States to Iran via the United Arab Emirates. The newsletter also includes a timeline of chemical weapon-related development in Iran.
International Enforcement Actions
October 31, 2019
The United States recently exposed a scheme by two individuals to procure export-controlled U.S. and Canadian equipment with nuclear applications on behalf of an end user in Iran. The timing of the conspiracy highlights Iran's continued efforts to illicitly obtain Western technology despite the implementation of the JCPOA in January 2016.

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