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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  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. Reconsidering al-Qaeda-Iranian Cooperation

    Private Viewpoints February 17, 2021 Days before the presidency of Donald Trump ended, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo offered a rather chilling hypothetical: Imagine the vulnerability we’d have if Iran gave al-Qa’ida access to its satellite networks. T ...

  9. Iran’s Islamist Proxies in the Middle East

    Private Viewpoints December 17, 2020 Since the 1979 revolution, Iran has built a network of proxies across the Middle East. At of beginning of 2020, Tehran had allies among more than a dozen major militias, some with their own political parties, that chal ...

  10. Parsing Iranian Responses to the Killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi

    Private Viewpoints December 5, 2020 2020 has proven to be a tough year for the Islamic Republic of Iran. It began with the killing of its most important general and terrorist mastermind, Qassem Soleimani, and now appears to be ending with the killing of a ...

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