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  1. Evolution of UAVs Employed by Houthi Forces in Yemen

    Private Viewpoints February 19, 2020 This dispatch tracks the evolution of Houthi unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which have become increasingly lethal and powerful. CAR finds that the Yemeni group is able to domestically manufacture some components whil ...

  2. How Will Russia, China Support Iran's Military after UN Arms Ban Ends?

    Private Viewpoints March 9, 2020 When the UN arms embargo on Iran expires in October, in accordance with the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal, it's unclear to what extent Russia and China will work to boost the Iranian military. Read the full article a ...

  3. Operating in the Gray Zone: Countering Iran's Asymmetric Way of War

    Private Viewpoints January 10, 2020 The targeted killing of IRGC Qods Force commander Qasem Soleimani marked the dramatic culmination of several months of U.S. tensions with Iran. It has raised the urgent question of how Tehran will respond, and stoked fe ...

  4. Iran’s Military Likely Can’t Fight Thanks to Coronavirus

    Private Viewpoints April 10, 2020 One of the reasons why the 1917-1918 Spanish flu struck down so many in the prime of life was that it tore through military barracks. If the Revolutionary Guards are at the forefront of the Iranian fight against COVID-19, ...

  5. The Urgent Need for a U.S.-Iran Hotline

    Crisis Group Middle East Briefing N°77 Private Viewpoints April 23, 2020 Naval incidents in the Gulf have spotlighted the danger that a U.S.-Iranian skirmish could blow up into war. The two sides have little ability to communicate at present. They should ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  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. Sunset of the Iran Arms Embargo: The Narrow Path to a Policy Compromise

    Private Viewpoints June 29, 2020 Delinking the embargo from the nuclear deal could offer the best hope of reducing tensions within the P5+1 while also limiting Iran’s access to sophisticated weaponry. The United Nations restriction on Iran buying and sell ...

  10. If the Arms Ban Ends: Implications for Iran’s Military Capabilities

    Private Viewpoints July 23, 2020 Discussions about lifting the ban tend to focus on major weapons systems Tehran might acquire abroad, yet the most important long-term impact may be on its ability to upgrade existing capabilities and strengthen domestic a ...

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