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  1. Iran-Israel Escalation at Sea: The Need for an International Coalition Response

    Private Viewpoints August 9, 2021 On August 4, personnel from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) boarded the Emirati bitumen tanker Asphalt Princess in international waters near Fujairah and tried to divert it into Iranian waters. The crew ma ...

  2. How Iran's Deadly Tanker Attack Is Linked to the Nuclear Deal

    Private Viewpoints August 11, 2021 How should the United States respond to Iran’s July 31 drone attack on the Mercer Street, a Japanese-owned, Liberian-flagged, Israeli-managed oil products tanker in international waters off the coast of Oman, killing the ...

  3. How Iran's Research Reactors Prove the Nuclear Deal Is Still Working

    Private Viewpoints August 11, 2021 An underexamined success story from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal negotiations is the effective blocking of Tehran’s ability to collect plutonium for a nuclear bomb. Not only has the nuclear deal, known officially as the Jo ...

  4. Back to the Drawing Board on Iran

    Private Viewpoints August 20, 2021 Shifting course to a better Iran policy is more critical than ever in the wake of Biden’s botched Afghanistan withdrawal, as Tehran and other adversaries will exploit the U.S. power vacuum. This will be bitter medicine f ...

  5. Iran and U.S. Still Far Apart on Reviving the JCPOA

    Private Viewpoints August 23, 2021 Since Iran, the United States and other parties (China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK and the European Union) wrapped up the sixth round of talks aimed at restoring the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on 20 ...

  6. Is Ethiopia Flying Iranian-Made Armed Drones?

    Private Viewpoints August 17, 2021 Since the outbreak of the conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region, there have been reports on the possible use of drones by the ENDF, or the Ethiopian National Defence Force. Opponents of the government claimed that the Eth ...

  7. Iran's Bet on Autonomous Weapons

    Private Viewpoints August 30, 2021 Attempting to pass off a child’s astronaut costume as an innovation of Iran’s space agency was bizarre but familiar. Shared online by Minister of Information and Communications Technology Azari Jahromi in February 2020,  ...

  8. The capture of Kabul: What the Taliban takeover will mean for Iran’s economy

    Private Viewpoints August 25, 2021 Over the last year, Iranian leaders have kept lines of communication open with the Taliban, anticipating the eventual US withdrawal. They now appear to be seeking some kind of accommodation with the Taliban, and are conc ...

  9. After Biden's Afghanistan blunder, is the Iran nuclear deal finally dead?

    Private Viewpoints September 2, 2021 In the aftermath of the fall of Afghanistan, the Biden administration is unlikely to make many concessions that will make it appear weak or incompetent. In short, while anything is possible, it now seems unlikely that ...

  10. Why Israel’s transfer to US Central Command could help deter Iran

    Private Viewpoints September 7, 2021 U.S. Central Command announced Sept. 1 that it has assumed responsibility for U.S. forces in Israel. This positive development reflects changes in Arab-Israeli relations and offers an opportunity to build a more unifie ...

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