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  1. How Will Russia, China Support Iran's Military after UN Arms Ban Ends?

    Private Viewpoints March 9, 2020 When the UN arms embargo on Iran expires in October, in accordance with the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal, it's unclear to what extent Russia and China will work to boost the Iranian military. Read the full article a ...

  2. Evolution of UAVs Employed by Houthi Forces in Yemen

    Private Viewpoints February 19, 2020 This dispatch tracks the evolution of Houthi unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which have become increasingly lethal and powerful. CAR finds that the Yemeni group is able to domestically manufacture some components whil ...

  3. Beyond Borders: The Expansionist Ideology of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

    Private Viewpoints February 4, 2020 Unlike the Iranian army that protects Iran’s borders, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is mandated by Iran’s constitution to pursue “an ideological mission of jihad in God’s way; that is extending sovereignt ...

  4. Operating in the Gray Zone: Countering Iran's Asymmetric Way of War

    Private Viewpoints January 10, 2020 The targeted killing of IRGC Qods Force commander Qasem Soleimani marked the dramatic culmination of several months of U.S. tensions with Iran. It has raised the urgent question of how Tehran will respond, and stoked fe ...

  5. In Dire Straits? Implications of U.S.-Iran Tensions for the Global Oil Market

    Private Viewpoints November 21, 2019 In recent months, Iran has responded to rising tensions with the United States—particularly the US launch of the “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran—by attacking oil tankers and infrastructure in the Persian Gulf ...

  6. The Limited Utility Of The Iran Sanctions

    Private Viewpoints November 4, 2019 The objective of any sanctions regime is not to punish the target country or weaken its economy as an end in itself. Rather, a sanctions campaign—including the Trump Administration’s policy of “maximum pressure” on Iran ...

  7. How Iran Can Hold the World Oil Market Hostage

    Private Viewpoints October 29, 2019 Oil remains central to the global economy and security architecture. Even as the world aspires to confront climate change and curb its appetite for fossil fuels, it continues to depend heavily on oil to power its cars, ...

  8. Iran's Proxies Are More Powerful Than Ever

    Private Viewpoints October 16, 2019 Since U.S. President Donald Trump took office, his administration has pursued a so-called maximum pressure strategy designed to alter the course of Iran's foreign and security policies. The strategy relies heavily ...

  9. Operating in the ‘Gray Zone’ to Counter Iran

    Private Viewpoints September 18, 2019 The best way to counter Iran’s asymmetric strategy in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere is a U.S. gray zone strategy, which can help manage escalation and buy time for the administration’s pressure policy to work. The combin ...

  10. Has Iran Been Hacking U.S. Drones?

    Private Viewpoints October 1, 2019 Iran says it can hack American drones operating in the Middle East and take control of them — and it has released a video purporting to back up its claims.  Back in February 2019, Iran’s semi-official Fars News claimed t ...

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