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  1. The capture of Kabul: What the Taliban takeover will mean for Iran’s economy

    Private Viewpoints August 25, 2021 Over the last year, Iranian leaders have kept lines of communication open with the Taliban, anticipating the eventual US withdrawal. They now appear to be seeking some kind of accommodation with the Taliban, and are conc ...

  2. After Biden's Afghanistan blunder, is the Iran nuclear deal finally dead?

    Private Viewpoints September 2, 2021 In the aftermath of the fall of Afghanistan, the Biden administration is unlikely to make many concessions that will make it appear weak or incompetent. In short, while anything is possible, it now seems unlikely that ...

  3. Why Israel’s transfer to US Central Command could help deter Iran

    Private Viewpoints September 7, 2021 U.S. Central Command announced Sept. 1 that it has assumed responsibility for U.S. forces in Israel. This positive development reflects changes in Arab-Israeli relations and offers an opportunity to build a more unifie ...

  4. Iranian Illicit Procurement Scheme to Acquire Controlled Spectrometry Systems Busted

    Private Viewpoints September 16, 2021 On September 9, 2021, the German Federal Prosecutors Office issued an arrest warrant for a German-Iranian citizen, Alexander J., who is accused of illegally exporting a multitude of laboratory equipment, including fou ...

  5. Iran’s Recent, Irreversible Nuclear Advances

    Private Viewpoints September 22, 2021 In many ways, Iran’s nuclear capabilities now greatly exceed their status in early 2016, when the JCPOA was implemented. Its breakout time, namely the time needed to produce enough weapon-grade uranium for a single nu ...

  6. New Navy Task Force Aims to Deter Iran with Unmanned Systems

    Private Viewpoints September 17, 2021 On September 9, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command announced that it was forming Task Force 59 (TF 59) to test new unmanned air, surface, and underwater technologies under the command of robotics expert Capt. Michael B ...

  7. Iran Avoids IAEA Censure

    Private Viewpoints October 5, 2021 Iran avoided a censure from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors by striking a last-minute deal with the agency that allowed inspectors to access monitoring equipment at several nuclear facili ...

  8. The North Korea-Iran Relationship: An Anti-American Alliance or Transactional Partnership?

    Private Viewpoints November 24, 2021 Four decades after the Iranian Revolution, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) maintains a close partnership with Iran. On June 20, 2021, North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un  congratulated  Ebrahim Ra ...

  9. Iran’s Evolving Nuclear Program and Implications for U.S. Policy

    Private Viewpoints October 15, 2021 Odds that the Iran nuclear deal can be revived have diminished over recent months. The new presidential administration in Iran has repeatedly said that it plans to resume talks in Vienna to resuscitate the deal “very so ...

  10. A Comprehensive Survey of Iran’s Advanced Centrifuges

    Private Viewpoints December 2, 2021 Iran’s development of gas centrifuges to enrich uranium has been long-standing and seemingly haphazard but in general encompasses a program seeking longer, faster centrifuges, while struggling with reliability. Cost doe ...

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