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Editorial: The Opposite of Moderation Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Those who were hoping last year's nuclear deal would lead to positive change in Iranian politics and foreign policy can be assured that change does indeed appear to be occurring. Unfortunately for the world, however, virtually all change so far appears to be for the worse.

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Sanctions lifted despite Iran’s provocations

Sanctions lifted despite Iran’s provocations Categories: Europe, Iran, United States, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

On Saturday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) declared that Iran had complied with the July nuclear agrement.  The removal of sanctions came despite a number of criticisms of the IAEA's December report on Iran's progress in complying with the deal, as well as recent provocations by

Escalating Iran-Saudi Arabia tensions

Escalating Iran-Saudi Arabia tensions Categories: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Updates    

This Update features material on the sharp escalation in what was already a sort of Cold War between Iran and Saudi Arabia in the wake of the Saudi execution of Saudi Shiite religious leader Shaykh Nimr al-Nimr on Jan. 2. It follows up with some analysis of a related development over

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The IAEA and the JCPOA Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: A. Savyon, Y. Carmon & U. Kafash

On Dec. 2, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Secretary-General Yukiya Amano released his report on the Possible Military Dimensions (PMD) of Iran's nuclear program. The report's findings, whatever they turned out to be, were not supposed to impact the continued implementation of the Joint C

Nuclear Knowledge?

Nuclear Knowledge? Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: David Albright, Andrea Stricker & Serena Kelleher-Vergantini

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) issued on December 2, 2015 a long awaited report on its investigation into the possible military dimensions (PMD) to Iran's nuclear program under the IAEA/Iran Roadmap to resolving these issues... However, Iran did not provide the IAEA with anywhere

Stepped-up Islamic State terror campaign demands new strategies

Stepped-up Islamic State terror campaign demands new strategies Categories: International Security, Iran, Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Op-eds, Syria, Terrorism, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The recent attacks are a reminder that terrorism can never be stopped through purely defensive means. It is therefore encouraging that Obama renewed his vow to destroy IS in his address. Unfortunately, however, there was little indication from Obama's address that the US is prepared to meaningfully

Behind the News - December 2015

Behind the News - December 2015 Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Russia    

Israel's Shin Bet internal security agency reported on Nov. 16 that October had been the worst month for terrorism in Israel in over nine years. In all, the month saw 602 terrorist attacks committed, with 11 Israelis killed and 80 suffering moderate to serious injuries.

Adopting Out

Adopting Out Categories: International Security, Iran, Middle East     Author: Michael Makovsky

Sunday, October 18, wasn't just a day of baseball playoffs and football games. It was "Adoption Day," when all parties to the Iran nuclear deal must have begun preparing to implement its terms. And while the Obama Administration took another opportunity to pat itself on the back for its achievement,

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