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  1. Iran’s Islamist Proxies in the Middle East

    Private Viewpoints December 17, 2020 Since the 1979 revolution, Iran has built a network of proxies across the Middle East. At of beginning of 2020, Tehran had allies among more than a dozen major militias, some with their own political parties, that chal ...

  2. The Coming Iran Nuclear Talks: Openings and Obstacles

    Private Viewpoints January 5, 2021 The Middle East will not be a priority in the Biden administration’s approach to foreign policy. But the Iranian nuclear program will require a response. With the Iranian parliament having adopted legislation mandating u ...

  3. Update on Natanz: Construction Progresses Towards Large-Scale Tunnel Complex

    Private Viewpoints January 11, 2021 Since our October 30, 2020, report on the construction of a new centrifuge assembly facility in the mountains near the Natanz enrichment plant, construction has progressed and tunnel entrance locations can now be identi ...

  4. Nine Hurdles to Reviving the Iran Nuclear Deal

    Private Viewpoints January 19, 2021 Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on January 8 that Tehran was in no rush for the United States to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but, he a ...

  5. Return to Iran Nuclear Deal Would Be Unwise

    Private Viewpoints January 14, 2021 Israel and its new Gulf allies are growing increasingly concerned that the incoming Biden administration intends to re-enter negotiations with Iran with the aim of returning to the deeply flawed 2015 nuclear deal, known ...

  6. Rejoining the Iran Nuclear Deal: Not So Easy

    Private Viewpoints January 14, 2021 President-elect Joe Biden takes office on January 20, 2021, facing a litany of daunting foreign policy issues, from another massive cyber hack by Russian intelligence to alienated allies in Europe and beyond to a regime ...

  7. The Lessons of the Past Point to Rejoining the Iran Deal

    Private Viewpoints January 21, 2021 When George W. Bush assumed the presidency in January 2001, the United States was at the apex of its global power. The Soviet Union was no more, Russia was just emerging from economic chaos, and China was years away fro ...

  8. A Clean Return to the Iran Nuclear Deal Should Be Biden’s First Option

    Private Viewpoints January 11, 2021 Of all the international agreements President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to rejoin upon taking office, perhaps none is more controversial than the Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action ...

  9. The Iran Nuclear Deal at Five: A Revival?

    Private Viewpoints January 15, 2021 The Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), has scrapped its way into a sixth year of life. But the accord is increasingly tenuous as Iran violates key restrictions in respon ...

  10. Statement from Nuclear Nonproliferation Specialists in Support of U.S. Reentry into the Iran Nuclear Deal

    Private Viewpoints January 12, 2021 The 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is an effective, verifiable agreement that successfully addressed a decades-long crisis over Iran’s nuclear program and is a net plus for international and U.S. nuclea ...

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