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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. How Russia is Deepening Military Ties with Iran to Counter the US

    Private Viewpoints August 6, 2019 Russia and Iran are deepening their military ties in a joint challenge to perceived US hegemony in the Middle East. The Russian Defense Ministry and the General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces signed a memorandum of und ...

  3. Iran’s Military is Making Strides Into Twenty-first Century Technology

    Private Viewpoints August 8, 2019 Recent Iranian ship interceptions highlight Iran’s military challenge and continue to drive a regional arms race. Whereas Gulf Cooperation Council states spend lavishly on high-end, off-the-shelf, U.S.-built platforms, de ...

  4. Do Americans Want War With Iran?

    Private Viewpoints August 20, 2019 WASHINGTON, D.C.-- As tensions have escalated once again between Washington and Tehran, most Americans tell Gallup they want to see their country rely more on economic and diplomatic efforts to stop Iran's nuclear p ...

  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. The Strait Gate: How Europe Can De-escalate U.S.-Iran Tensions

    Private Viewpoints September 20, 2019 With the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) only a few days away, speculations and expectations of an encounter between the U.S. and Iranian presidents have been upset by the attack against Saudi Arabian petroleum ...

  7. Has Iran Been Hacking U.S. Drones?

    Private Viewpoints October 1, 2019 Iran says it can hack American drones operating in the Middle East and take control of them — and it has released a video purporting to back up its claims.  Back in February 2019, Iran’s semi-official Fars News claimed t ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Iran's Proxies Are More Powerful Than Ever

    Private Viewpoints October 16, 2019 Since U.S. President Donald Trump took office, his administration has pursued a so-called maximum pressure strategy designed to alter the course of Iran's foreign and security policies. The strategy relies heavily ...

  10. 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, ...

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