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Crisis Guide: Iran

Iran poses steep challenges to its Middle East neighbors and the world. Explore the country's complex regime structure and controversial nuclear program, and watch experts debate the range of policy options.

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Analysis Brief

Rethinking U.S. Policy Toward Iran

Author: Jayshree Bajoria

A growing power struggle in Tehran adds new concerns for deterring Iran's nuclear ambitions. Analysts' recommendations for the U.S. range from engaging in direct talks to increasing pressure on the regime and trying to erode the regime's popular base.

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Article

Doubling Down on Iran

Authors: Kenneth M. Pollack and Ray Takeyh
The Washington Quarterly

Kenneth M. Pollack and Ray Takeyh state, ""... it is time to appreciate that the only manner of inducing meaningful change in the Islamic Republic's behavior without the resort to war is to otherwise imperil its very existence."

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Op-Ed

The March Toward a Nuclear Iran

Author: Ray Takeyh
Washington Post

Ray Takeyh argues that despite economic sanctions and other attempts to curtail technological development in Iran, its nuclear program has grown in sophistication and capability over the past two decades.

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Interview

No Good Options on North Korea

Sue Mi Terry interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

As former president Jimmy Carter visits Pyongyang, any movement on resumption of stalled talks on North Korea's denuclearization is unlikely, says CFR fellow Sue Terry. Washington should continue to deter Pyongyang's aggressive behavior using sanctions and working with regional allies, she says.

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Foreign Affairs Article

The Dangers of a Nuclear Iran

Authors: Eric S. Edelman, Andrew F. Krepinevich Jr., and Evan Braden Montgomery

It is unclear how a nuclear-armed Iran would weigh the costs, benefits, and risks of brinkmanship, meaning that it could be difficult to deter Tehran from attacking the United States' interests or partners in the region.

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