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  1. After Snapback Sanctions on Iran: A European Perspective

    Private Viewpoints September 23, 2020 US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May 2018 made his vision for the nuclear accord crystal clear: he wants it dead. On September 20, the United States re-impo ...

  2. Iran’s Space Program and the Wall Between “Peaceful Purposes”

    Private Viewpoints October 1, 2020 The Lebanese-American poet Khalil Gibran wrote that “Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.” A similar barrier exists between using space for “peaceful purposes.”   On April 22, 2020, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Gua ...

  3. Looking for Evidence of the Construction of Iran’s New Centrifuge Assembly Plant: New Possible Preparations Identified

    Private Viewpoints October 7, 2020 This summer, Iran decided to construct a new underground centrifuge assembly plant, following the destruction of the above ground one at the Natanz enrichment site on July 2, 2020. So far, Iran has undertaken little visi ...

  4. New Sanctions on Iran’s Banks: Crippling or More Window Dressing?

    Private Viewpoints October 13, 2020 On October 8, the Trump administration imposed its latest round of sanctions on Iran: bank sanctions it touted in the run-up to the action as crippling and which proponents, including Senators Tom Cotton (R-AK) and Ted ...

  5. 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  ...

  6. Iran’s New Centers To Continue Nuclear Activities

    Private Viewpoints October 16, 2020 The National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI) United States representative office in a press conference on Friday revealed details of the Iranian regime’s new centers to continue nuclear activities. In addition, t ...

  7. Challenges in the Persian Gulf: Iran’s Anti-Ship Missile Capability

    Private Viewpoints October 20, 2020 In naval warfare, one of the best tools for area denial is the anti-ship missile system. They strengthen a state’s combat and deterrent capability in a hostile maritime environment.  Anti-ship missiles form a credible c ...

  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. 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, ...

  10. 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 ...

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