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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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  ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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, ...

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