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Issue Guide: Iran

Prepared by: Lauren Vriens
Updated: January 13, 2009


While the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan dominated the campaigns, the next U.S. president will face a host of continuing challenges in the greater Middle East. Whether to improve ties with Iran and how to forestall what many in the West believe is an Iranian nuclear weapons program will be among the issues shaping U.S. policy in the region. Below is a cross-section of analysis, background information, and essays from CFR's scholars on the topic.

U.S.-Iran Relations:

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