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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. A History of Continuity in Iran’s Long Nuclear Program

    Private Viewpoints December 8, 2020 Iran’s interest in developing a nuclear deterrent is often attributed to the Islamic Republic, which, according to Western intelligence sources, had a structured nuclear weapons program until 2003. However, in reality, ...

  4. Cruise Missiles Continue to Make Their Mark in the Middle East

    Private Viewpoints December 5, 2020 A recent missile attack − claimed by Yemen’s Houthi movement (Ansarullah) − against an oil facility in Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea port city of Jeddah suggests that Iran may have developed and supplied the Houthis with an im ...

  5. Parsing Iranian Responses to the Killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi

    Private Viewpoints December 5, 2020 2020 has proven to be a tough year for the Islamic Republic of Iran. It began with the killing of its most important general and terrorist mastermind, Qassem Soleimani, and now appears to be ending with the killing of a ...

  6. Four Ways the Killing of Iran’s Nuclear Scientist Will Undercut U.S. National Security

    Private Viewpoints December 1, 2020 Last Friday, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a leading Iranian nuclear scientist, was shot in broad daylight in Absard, 45 miles east of Tehran, on his way to visit his in-laws. It took only hours for Iranian officials to begin poi ...

  7. Iran: Looking Beyond the Assassination

    Private Viewpoints November 30, 2020 Important as the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh may be, it is only one part of the story. Like the killing of Qassem Soleimani, it has a major political impact and makes it even harder for the United States to neg ...

  8. The Assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh: What Are the Iranian Regime’s Options?

    Private Viewpoints November 30, 2020 On Friday, November 27, 2020, at 18:17 Iranian local time, the Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics (MDAFL) of the Islamic Republic of Iran issued a press release stating that Mohsen Fakhrizadeh had been assa ...

  9. The Intelligence Organization of the IRGC: A Major Iranian Intelligence Apparatus

    Private Viewpoints November 5, 2020 The Intelligence Organization of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has become a major intelligence apparatus of the Islamic Republic, having increased its influence and broadened its authorities. Iran’s inte ...

  10. The Amad Plan Pilot Uranium Conversion Site, Which Iran Denies Ever Existed

    Private Viewpoints November 10, 2020 Based on information in the Nuclear Archive, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visited an Iranian site in the late summer, concerned that the site had possessed undeclared nuclear material, in particular ur ...

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