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  1. A New Look at Iran's Complication Relationship with the Taliban

    Private Viewpoints September 16, 2020 Eight years ago, I took part in a meeting among people from several different countries — Iran, various European countries, Afghanistan, Turkey, and the United States. I was a part-time consultant to the U.S. governme ...

  2. A Short History of the Iranian Drone Program

    Private Viewpoints August 26, 2020 The 1980–88 Iran-Iraq War was a formative event for the Islamic Republic of Iran. The surprise Iraqi invasion caught Iran’s revolutionary regime unprepared. In the last decade of his rule, the ousted shah centered the Ir ...

  3. Addressing Iran's Weaponization Work Will Fortify the Nuclear Deal

    Private Viewpoints March 9, 2021 The United Nations nuclear watchdog and Iran are again on a collision course, as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) seeks answers from Tehran on three sites in the country where undeclared nuclear weapons resear ...

  4. After the Embargo: Iran’s Weapons Agenda

    Private Viewpoints October 20, 2020 The lifting of the arms embargo is not likely to result in an Iranian buying spree. But, the Islamic Republic’s arms exports in the post-embargo era may prove as significant as its potential procurements. “As of today, ...

  5. Army Playing Cards Feature Iranian Weapons

    Private Viewpoints August 21, 2019 In a not very subtle sign of the times, the U.S. Army has produced a deck of playing cards featuring weaponry used or held by Iran in order to familiarize soldiers with Iran’s inventory of weapons and presumably to facil ...

  6. Beyond Arms Embargo, Obstacles Remain to Iran’s Acquisition of Russian Weapons

    Private Viewpoints October 15, 2020 On Oct. 18, the U.N. conventional arms embargo on Iran will expire despite the Trump administration’s numerous attempts to extend the embargo and induce “snap back” provisions. Russia has made its categorical rejection  ...

  7. Beyond Borders: The Expansionist Ideology of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

    Private Viewpoints February 4, 2020 Unlike the Iranian army that protects Iran’s borders, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is mandated by Iran’s constitution to pursue “an ideological mission of jihad in God’s way; that is extending sovereignt ...

  8. Case Studies in Iranian Expansion across the Middle East: El-Boqaa Training Facility, Lebanon

    Private Viewpoints May 15, 2019 There is growing Iranian activism in the Middle East despite U.S. and allied efforts to weaken Iran’s economy and politically isolate Tehran. But Iran’s primary military instrument is not  its conventional army, air force, ...

  9. Case Studies in Iranian Expansion across the Middle East: Imam Ali Training Facility, Iran

    Private Viewpoints May 15, 2019 As U.S.-Iranian tensions escalate in the Middle East, it is important to take a close look at Iran’s primary irregular force, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force (IRGC-QF). The IRGC-QF is instrumental in helpin ...

  10. Countering Iran in the Gray Zone

    What the United States Should Learn from Israel’s Operations in Syria Private Viewpoints April 14, 2020 Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979 and especially since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, Iran has become highly proficient in using its surrogates ...

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