The Operational Code of President Trump

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by Paul R. Pillar Press reports indicate that later this week President Trump will “decertify” the nuclear agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), relying on a clause in the relevant review legislation that permits the president… Continue Reading  

The Iranian Ballistic Missile Launches That Didn’t Happen

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by Greg Thielmann Iran’s binge of short- and medium-range ballistic missile launches on March 8 and 9 garnered considerable attention in the press and in American political circles. These provocative launches, which coincided with a visit to Israel by Vice… Continue Reading  

The Nonproliferation Impact of Iran Nuclear Deal Implementation Day

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by Kelsey Davenport On January 16, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced that Tehran completed its nuclear-related commitments under the July 2015 nuclear agreement and sanctions were lifted accordingly. Zaif and Mogherini said… Continue Reading  

Cardin’s Bill Softer But Still Toxic

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by Jim Lobe Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) appears to have watered down his “Iran Policy Oversight Act of 2015” in the hopes of wooing more Democrats to support it. But the latest draft, while not as toxic as the first,… Continue Reading  

The Fantasy and Folly of the “Better Deal” with Iran

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by Derek Davison Those in and out of Congress who are working to reject or otherwise scuttle the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) insist that their goal in opposing the nuclear accord isn’t war with Iran. Rather, they say… Continue Reading