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  1. Iranian President Raisi’s Renewed Emphasis on Space Is Likely To Create New Tensions

    Private Viewpoints December 20, 2021 Western press reporting on the first 100 days of Iran’s new hardline president, Ebrahim Raisi, has naturally focused on his impact on Iran’s nuclear and missile programs. But in Iran, officials refer to three, not two, ...

  2. A Conversation With Jake Sullivan

    Private Viewpoints December 17, 2021 Jake Sullivan discusses the Biden administration’s work over the first year in office to address the current and future challenges facing the United States. [...] HAASS: You mentioned Iran in your comments. It was obvi ...

  3. Iran’s Natanz Tunnel Complex: Deeper, Larger than Expected

    Private Viewpoints January 13, 2022 The new Natanz underground complex, located in the mountainous area south of the main uranium enrichment site, will feature halls more deeply buried than the Fordow uranium enrichment site, itself deeply buried. Both ar ...

  4. Halkbank’s Supreme Court Appeal Will Delay Iran Sanctions-Evasion Case

    Private Viewpoints January 19, 2022 A U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday that Halkbank, a public lender majority-owned by Turkey’s sovereign wealth fund, can appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court without having to defend itself in a Manhattan federal court for ...

  5. Solid-Propellant Motor Test Proves Iran’s Continuing Missile Advancement

    Private Viewpoints February 2, 2022 One might be forgiven for missing a statement this January by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force (IRGC-AF) commander Amir-Ali Hajizadeh heralding the successful test of a solid-propellant motor for ...

  6. Iran Takes Next Steps on Rocket Technology

    Private Viewpoints February 11, 2022 On February 9, just as the nuclear talks in Vienna reached a critical stage, Iran unveiled its “Khaybar Sheikan” (Khaybar Buster) missile, which has a purported range of 1,450 kilometers. This significant development d ...

  7. Where are Iran’s new centrifuge manufacturing capabilities?

    Private Viewpoints February 16, 2022 Recent reporting that Iran has moved its centrifuge manufacturing capabilities from the TESA/TABA manufacturing facility near Karaj to Esfahan led us to examine the main Esfahan site. In this report, we focus our visua ...

  8. The New Face of War: Devastating Drone Attacks in Ukraine Have Implications for the US Military in the Middle East

    Private Viewpoints March 1, 2022 In dramatic video coverage currently going viral on YouTube and TikTok, Ukrainian drones are seen to destroy a Russian convoy, with startling speed — and total impunity. The story of how destructive such drone attacks are ...

  9. Addressing the Iranian missile threat: approaches to risk reduction and arms control

    Private Viewpoints March 22, 2022 One of the chief complaints about the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, has been that it does nothing to slow or stop the country’s rapidly advancing missile programme. For that rea ...

  10. To Geostationary Orbit and Beyond?

    Assessing Iran’s Space Launch Goals and Efforts Private Viewpoints April 4, 2022 Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi’s renewed emphasis on space is already beginning to bear fruit. Since the first meeting of the Supreme Space Council in more than 10 years las ...

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