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Tue, Nov 12, 2019

Iran isn’t dashing toward a bomb—for now

Iran’s most recent step to breach the nuclear restrictions in the 2015 multilateral deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) does not pose a near-term proliferation risk, but it is a significant escalation by Tehran that risks shutting the door on negotiations to restore compliance with the accord. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani […]

IranSource by Kelsey Davenport

Arms Control Security & Defense

Thu, Nov 7, 2019

Why Iran wants the Lebanon and Iraq uprisings to fade

From Iran’s perspective, the possibility of either the Iraqi prime minister being ousted, or Hezbollah being pushed further up against the wall are extremely unsettling.

IranSource by Sina Azodi and Giorgio Cafiero

Iran Iraq

Tue, Nov 5, 2019

Iran’s revolutionary bluster masks its role as oppressor in the Middle East

At their core, the problems in Iraq and Lebanon are the same as those in Iran, as they are in Egypt, Syria, Algeria and elsewhere in the Middle East: castes of entrenched, corrupt and incompetent rulers lord over young populations yearning for better lives.

IranSource by Borzou Daragahi

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Experts

Content

Thu, Nov 7, 2019

Shaffer in Middle East Institute: The fall of the other wall

In the News by Atlantic Council

International Markets Iran

Thu, Nov 7, 2019

Why Iran wants the Lebanon and Iraq uprisings to fade

From Iran’s perspective, the possibility of either the Iraqi prime minister being ousted, or Hezbollah being pushed further up against the wall are extremely unsettling.

IranSource by Sina Azodi and Giorgio Cafiero

Iran Iraq

Tue, Nov 5, 2019

Iran’s revolutionary bluster masks its role as oppressor in the Middle East

At their core, the problems in Iraq and Lebanon are the same as those in Iran, as they are in Egypt, Syria, Algeria and elsewhere in the Middle East: castes of entrenched, corrupt and incompetent rulers lord over young populations yearning for better lives.

IranSource by Borzou Daragahi

Corruption Iran

Mon, Nov 4, 2019

Dagres joins The Monocle to discuss the Iran Nuclear Deal and Tehran’s withdrawals after sanctions

In the News by Atlantic Council

Arms Control Defense Industry

Mon, Nov 4, 2019

Dagres featured on The Monocle explaining the background of Iranian sanctions

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economic Sanctions Iran

Fri, Nov 1, 2019

Why the Islamic Republic of Iran keeps taking hostages

After forty years, the evidence should be clear to even the most benighted. The hostage-taking of 1979-1981 was an unmitigated disaster for Iran and its people.

IranSource by John Limbert

Iran Middle East

Thu, Oct 31, 2019

Slavin quoted in The Independent on U.S. sanctions on Iran

In the News by Atlantic Council

Iran Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, Oct 30, 2019

Slavin quoted in The Independent on Iranian access to humanitarian goods

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economic Sanctions Human Rights

Wed, Oct 30, 2019

Samet in The Diplomat: China, Not Iran, Is the Power to Watch in Iraq

In the News by Atlantic Council

China Economy & Business

Mon, Oct 28, 2019

A highway linking Iraq and Syria becomes an opportunity for Tehran

In the past month, the sands have shifted within the Levant’s political landscape. The United States has recalibrated its official policy in the region, choosing to draw down its special operations forces in northern Syria and thereby introducing a power vacuum in the region. After an offensive and brief ceasefire in northern Syria, Moscow and Ankara […]

MENASource by Caroline Rose

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Events

Mon, Nov 18, 2019

Arthur Houghton: The American who returned the Shahnameh to Iran

American diplomat Arthur Houghton returned the surviving pages of the 16th century Shahnameh, the Book of Kings, to Iran in 1994, and revisited the country last spring for the filming of a documentary about this story. The conversation will touch on this extraordinary saga and the ties that still bind the United States and Iran.

1:00pm Washington DC