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  1. Four Ways the Killing of Iran’s Nuclear Scientist Will Undercut U.S. National Security

    Private Viewpoints December 1, 2020 Last Friday, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a leading Iranian nuclear scientist, was shot in broad daylight in Absard, 45 miles east of Tehran, on his way to visit his in-laws. It took only hours for Iranian officials to begin poi ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. The Assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh: What Are the Iranian Regime’s Options?

    Private Viewpoints November 30, 2020 On Friday, November 27, 2020, at 18:17 Iranian local time, the Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics (MDAFL) of the Islamic Republic of Iran issued a press release stating that Mohsen Fakhrizadeh had been assa ...

  4. The Intelligence Organization of the IRGC: A Major Iranian Intelligence Apparatus

    Private Viewpoints November 5, 2020 The Intelligence Organization of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has become a major intelligence apparatus of the Islamic Republic, having increased its influence and broadened its authorities. Iran’s inte ...

  5. Iranian Influence and Presence in Syria

    Private Viewpoints November 5, 2020 Since the beginning of the Syrian civil war in 2011, Iran has found different approaches to increase its military and security influence in Syria. The first approach was by directly working with foreign militias and rec ...

  6. 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, ...

  7. Iranian Weapons Exports Will Have Lasting Effects on Regional Dynamics

    Private Viewpoints October 26, 2020 The Iranian regime’s exportation of weapons may have a larger effect on regional dynamics than its military procurement following the expiration of the UN arms embargo. Much discussion of the end of the 13-year UN arms ...

  8. What Iran Might Sell Now That the U.N. Arms Embargo Expired

    Private Viewpoints October 21, 2020 The October 18 expiration of a decade-long United Nations (UN) arms embargo on Iran has raised considerable speculation on what weapons the Islamic Republic will buy. However, the end of the embargo means that Iran can ...

  9. 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  ...

  10. 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 ...

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