Trump Wins, Middle East Loses

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by Mitchell Plitnick Donald Trump’s first trip abroad seems to have been a successful one for him. Although controversies continue to rage at home, he seems to be accomplishing what he set out to do, at least in Saudi Arabia… Continue Reading  

“Putting Iran on Notice”—Stop Acting Like A Sovereign Country?

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by Greg Thielmann Iran’s January 29 flight test of a medium-range ballistic missile helped prompt an ominous if ambiguous warning by U.S. National Security Advisor Michael Flynn on February 1: “As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice.”… Continue Reading  

Unpacking some Untruths about Iran

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by Peter Jenkins On October 21, 2016 the Congressional Research Service (CRS) published a substantive assessment of Iran’s foreign and defense policies. For the most part this research meets the high standards of accuracy and objectivity that we have come… Continue Reading  

Iran Nuclear Deal at Risk

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by Tyler Cullis Concern has recently grown over the ultimate sustainability of the Iran nuclear accord. Having withstood the full-frontal attack of congressional hawks last summer, the Obama administration faces the challenge of securing the agreement’s viability beyond its own… Continue Reading  

How Sanctions Can Reduce U.S. Leverage: The Case of Iran

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by Paul R. Pillar Attention has increased recently to sanctions against Iran and relief from sanctions under the terms of the agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, to limit Iran’s nuclear program. As usual whenever this set… Continue Reading