Iran’s Missile Test: A Provocation, Not a Violation

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by Mark Fitzpatrick Iran’s reported test of a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) on December 1 gave its enemies further ammunition in their vitriolic campaign against the regime. But in exaggerating the offense, the Trump administration has undermined its case. US… Continue Reading  

Dissecting International Concerns about Iran’s Missiles

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by Tytti Erasto While trying to save the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or the Iran nuclear deal, some European leaders have stepped up pressure on Iran’s ballistic missile program, simultaneously demanding talks and threatening sanctions. Iran—which sees… Continue Reading  

Helping Iranians to Lead Normal Lives

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by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj “The Iranians have to suffer.” This is the message U.S. officials have relayed to their European counterparts as negotiations stall over Iran sanctions. Despite all the assurances that U.S. sanctions do not target the Iranian people, despite… Continue Reading  

New Deals, Old Deals, and Non-Deals with Iran

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by Paul R. Pillar The discussions at the White House with French President Emmanuel Macron about devising, in Macron’s words, a “new deal with Iran” may be an instance of different governments using similar words to mean very different things.… Continue Reading  

Neocons Launch 2016 Manifesto

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by Jim Lobe A mostly neoconservative group of national-security analysts have published perhaps the first comprehensive outline of what they believe a Republican foreign policy should look like as of Inauguration Day 2017. It’s titled “Choosing to Lead: American Foreign… Continue Reading