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  1. Iran and U.S. Strategy: Looking beyond the JCPOA

    Private Viewpoints June 30, 2021 Regardless of what nations declare, their real-world strategy tends to evolve one crisis at a time and focus on the issues that drive that particular crisis to the exclusion or partial indifference of other key factors and ...

  2. Have We Already Failed to Ensure That Iran "Never Gets a Nuclear Weapon"?

    Private Viewpoints June 25, 2021 What is a nuclear weapon? The answer is both technical and political — all the more so because, on Wednesday, national security adviser Jake Sullivan met the visiting Israeli Chief of General Staff, Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, ...

  3. Can a Credible Nuclear Breakout Time with Iran Be Restored?

    Private Viewpoints June 24, 2021 The Iranian presidential election unsurprisingly resulted in victory for Ebrahim Raisi, reportedly the favorite of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. Raisi’s election could clear a domestic Iranian political obstac ...

  4. Iran’s Atlantic Voyage: Implications of Naval Deployments to Venezuela or Syria

    Private Viewpoints June 15, 2021 The maiden voyage may just be a token political and training mission to boost morale—or the first step in sending long-range missiles, drones, fast-attack boats, and other materiel to Tehran’s allies in the Caribbean or Me ...

  5. In the Iran Nuclear Crisis, the IAEA Stands Alone

    Private Viewpoints June 14, 2021 “And how many divisions does the Pope have?” former Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin is alleged to have quipped in response to a political comment by the Vatican. Though outdated, the retort remains instructive. In internation ...

  6. One Way Forward on Iran: A Nuclear-Weapons-Free Persian Gulf

    Private Viewpoints June 12, 2021 An agreement to revive the nuclear deal with Iran appears possible as the United States and its partners are set to convene next week in Vienna for the sixth round of talks with Iranian diplomats since April. That’s welcom ...

  7. The IAEA's Latest Iran NPT Safeguards Report: No Progress, No Accountability?

    Private Viewpoints June 4, 2021 This analysis summarizes and assesses information in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA’s) periodic safeguards report, NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) Safeguards Agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran, ...

  8. How Iran Uses Bitcoin Mining to Evade Sanctions and "Export" Millions of Barrels of Oil

    Private Viewpoints May 21, 2021 Elliptic estimates that 4.5% of all Bitcoin mining takes place in Iran, allowing the country to circumvent trade embargoes and earn hundreds of millions of dollars in cryptoassets that can be used to purchase imports and by ...

  9. What’s Next for Iran Nuclear Talks?

    Private Viewpoints May 19, 2021 Talks in Vienna aimed at allowing the United States and Iran to return to compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal ended on March 19 having made further progress but still falling short of a final agreement on what that r ...

  10. Unknown Amad Sites, Prior to the Nuclear Archive Seizure

    Private Viewpoints May 18, 2021 Based on our newly released book,  Iran’s Perilous Pursuit of Nuclear Weapons, many Amad facilities were unknown to Western intelligence and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) prior to the seizure of the Nuclear ...

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