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  1. 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, ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Iran's Plans for Research Reactor Fuel Imperil Revival of Nuclear Deal

    Private Viewpoints July 15, 2021 Iran is forging ahead with plans to manufacture a sophisticated uranium fuel for a research reactor in Tehran. The government’s announcement last week, which specialists said was not wholly unexpected, represents a further ...

  4. Iran Cannot Build a Nuclear Weapon If We Dismantle Its Infrastructure

    Private Viewpoints July 16, 2021 July 14 marked the six-year anniversary of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). As negotiations continue in Geneva, the Biden administration holds tremendous leverage as Iran seeks sanctions relief from the maxi ...

  5. High Stakes: How Sanctions Relief Could Impact E.U.-Iran Trade

    Private Viewpoints July 20, 2021 Negotiations to restore the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JPCOA) are expected to resume in August following the inauguration of Iran’s new president, Ebrahim Raisi. The incoming administration will likely include fig ...

  6. Is Iran Bluffing about Its Enriched Uranium Stockpile?

    Private Viewpoints July 28, 2021 U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan has attributed the Biden administration’s push for talks with Tehran to the need to “put Iran’s nuclear program in a box.” Iran has added urgency to the White House’s efforts by ...

  7. To Deter Iran, Give Israel a Big Bomb

    Private Viewpoints July 23, 2021 With negotiations paused until a new hardline administration takes office in Tehran, the chances of reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal anytime soon are not bright. Moreover, even successful talks might not stop Iran’s lea ...

  8. How to Counter Iran's Missiles and Proxies

    Private Viewpoints July 30, 2021 Prospects for reviving the Iran nuclear deal are getting murkier by the day. What seems clear, though, is that the U.S. is unlikely to secure a broader agreement that addresses Iran’s missile arsenal and network of heavily ...

  9. Iran's Gift to President Biden

    Private Viewpoints August 1, 2021 Iran’s demand that the 2015 nuclear deal be modified to circumscribe a future U.S. president’s ability to withdraw unilaterally may be a blessing in disguise. The proposal would amount to a serious modification of the ori ...

  10. Sanctions Won't Hurt Iran’s UAV Program

    Private Viewpoints August 5, 2021 U.S. officials recently announced that they are considering sanctions against a supply chain that enables Iran’s unmanned aerial systems, or UAS, program. But sanctions are unlikely to be effective, and in fact, are almos ...

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