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  1. Not “business as usual”: The Chinese military’s visit to Iran

    Private Viewpoints May 16, 2022 Amid stalled nuclear talks with the P5+1, a senior Chinese military delegation, headed by Chinese State Councilor and Minister of National Defense Gen. Wei Fenghe, landed in Iran for a visit in late April. The readouts from ...

  2. The New Face of War: Devastating Drone Attacks in Ukraine Have Implications for the US Military in the Middle East

    Private Viewpoints March 1, 2022 In dramatic video coverage currently going viral on YouTube and TikTok, Ukrainian drones are seen to destroy a Russian convoy, with startling speed — and total impunity. The story of how destructive such drone attacks are ...

  3. The North Korea-Iran Relationship: An Anti-American Alliance or Transactional Partnership?

    Private Viewpoints November 24, 2021 Four decades after the Iranian Revolution, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) maintains a close partnership with Iran. On June 20, 2021, North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un  congratulated  Ebrahim Ra ...

  4. New Navy Task Force Aims to Deter Iran with Unmanned Systems

    Private Viewpoints September 17, 2021 On September 9, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command announced that it was forming Task Force 59 (TF 59) to test new unmanned air, surface, and underwater technologies under the command of robotics expert Capt. Michael B ...

  5. Iran's Bet on Autonomous Weapons

    Private Viewpoints August 30, 2021 Attempting to pass off a child’s astronaut costume as an innovation of Iran’s space agency was bizarre but familiar. Shared online by Minister of Information and Communications Technology Azari Jahromi in February 2020,  ...

  6. Is Ethiopia Flying Iranian-Made Armed Drones?

    Private Viewpoints August 17, 2021 Since the outbreak of the conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region, there have been reports on the possible use of drones by the ENDF, or the Ethiopian National Defence Force. Opponents of the government claimed that the Eth ...

  7. How Iran's Deadly Tanker Attack Is Linked to the Nuclear Deal

    Private Viewpoints August 11, 2021 How should the United States respond to Iran’s July 31 drone attack on the Mercer Street, a Japanese-owned, Liberian-flagged, Israeli-managed oil products tanker in international waters off the coast of Oman, killing the ...

  8. Sanctions Won't Hurt Iran’s UAV Program

    Private Viewpoints August 5, 2021 U.S. officials recently announced that they are considering sanctions against a supply chain that enables Iran’s unmanned aerial systems, or UAS, program. But sanctions are unlikely to be effective, and in fact, are almos ...

  9. Iran and U.S. Strategy: Looking beyond the JCPOA

    Private Viewpoints June 30, 2021 Regardless of what nations declare, their real-world strategy tends to evolve one crisis at a time and focus on the issues that drive that particular crisis to the exclusion or partial indifference of other key factors and ...

  10. Iran’s Atlantic Voyage: Implications of Naval Deployments to Venezuela or Syria

    Private Viewpoints June 15, 2021 The maiden voyage may just be a token political and training mission to boost morale—or the first step in sending long-range missiles, drones, fast-attack boats, and other materiel to Tehran’s allies in the Caribbean or Me ...

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