Don’t Let Misplaced Concerns over Missiles Jeopardize Iran Deal

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 by Tytti Erästö and Sina Azodi  One of the main grievances of President Trump and other critics of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) has been its silence on ballistic missiles. In connection with his recent… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Speech on Iran: Warmed-Over Rejectionism

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by Paul R. Pillar Donald Trump’s speech on Iran is the latest chapter in his struggle to reconcile his overriding impulse to destroy any significant achievements of his predecessor with the fact that the most salient of those achievements in… Continue Reading  

Iranian Public May Be Turning More Skeptical, Hostile Toward US

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by Derek Davison and Jim Lobe The election and subsequent actions of the Trump administration appears to have provoked much greater skepticism, if not hostility, regarding U.S. intentions among the Iranian public, according to a major new poll released here… Continue Reading  

Iran and the Collision between Trump and Reality

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by Paul R. Pillar Donald Trump’s disdain for the truth does not prevent reality from repeatedly bumping up against his policies, the most consistent theme of which has been to try to destroy his predecessor’s accomplishments. The degree to which… Continue Reading  

We Shouldn’t Defend the JCPOA at the Expense of the Iran Deal

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by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj On the two-year anniversary of the agreement, U.S. supporters of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, including many former Obama administration officials, are admirably working to defend the deal through media appearances and coordinated statements. Their message that… Continue Reading