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  1. What’s Next for Russia-Iran Military Partnership?

    If the Arms Embargo on Iran Ends in October, What Arms Might Tehran Buy from Moscow? Private Viewpoints August 27, 2020 Russia’s dialogue with Iran has emerged as one of the most dynamic fronts of Moscow’s diplomacy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Iranian F ...

  2. A Short History of the Iranian Drone Program

    Private Viewpoints August 26, 2020 The 1980–88 Iran-Iraq War was a formative event for the Islamic Republic of Iran. The surprise Iraqi invasion caught Iran’s revolutionary regime unprepared. In the last decade of his rule, the ousted shah centered the Ir ...

  3. The Strategic Consequences of Ending the Arms Embargo on Iran

    Private Viewpoints August 14, 2020 In 2015, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 2231, endorsing the nuclear agreement between Iran and the major world powers, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. But the resolution also establis ...

  4. The Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from an Iraqi View—a Lost Role or a Bright Future?

    Private Viewpoints July 30, 2020 For many years in Iran, the interactions between the powers of religious authorities, military institutions, and the merchant class in the Bazaar have played a significant role in the formation of Iran’s structure of autho ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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, ...

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