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  1. Under US Sanctions, Iran Regional Influence Grows

    Private Viewpoints July 26, 2019 All US secondary sanctions on Iran’s core economic sectors were re-imposed by the Trump administration in November 2018 as a direct consequence of its withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).  The ad ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Operating in the ‘Gray Zone’ to Counter Iran

    Private Viewpoints September 18, 2019 The best way to counter Iran’s asymmetric strategy in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere is a U.S. gray zone strategy, which can help manage escalation and buy time for the administration’s pressure policy to work. The combin ...

  4. How Iran Can Hold the World Oil Market Hostage

    Private Viewpoints October 29, 2019 Oil remains central to the global economy and security architecture. Even as the world aspires to confront climate change and curb its appetite for fossil fuels, it continues to depend heavily on oil to power its cars, ...

  5. The Limited Utility Of The Iran Sanctions

    Private Viewpoints November 4, 2019 The objective of any sanctions regime is not to punish the target country or weaken its economy as an end in itself. Rather, a sanctions campaign—including the Trump Administration’s policy of “maximum pressure” on Iran ...

  6. Iran: Looking Beyond the Assassination

    Private Viewpoints November 30, 2020 Important as the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh may be, it is only one part of the story. Like the killing of Qassem Soleimani, it has a major political impact and makes it even harder for the United States to neg ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. How Biden Can Overcome Iran’s Maximum Pressure

    Private Viewpoints March 12, 2021 Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader, wants sanctions relief. To get the Biden administration off its compliance for compliance approach in which sanctions relief cannot come before the Iranians reverse their breaches of t ...

  9. The Other Sides of Renegotiating the JCPOA Iran Nuclear Agreement

    Private Viewpoints April 15, 2021 So far, most of the debate over the JCPOA agreement has been a repetition of the original debates that took place before the agreement was reached in 2015 and while the current agreement was first being negotiated. The pu ...

  10. Open-Source Analysis of Iran's Missile and UAV Capabilities and Proliferation

    Private Viewpoints April 20, 2021 Iran’s ballistic missile systems, supplemented by cruise missiles and UAVs, are intended not only for deterrence, but for battle, including by Iran’s regional partners. In a new report, the IISS provides a detailed assess ...

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