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May 4, 2018

Iran Nuclear Agreement
How Sanctions Decision Could Jeopardize the Iran Agreement

Iran could restart aspects of its nuclear program if President Trump declines to renew sanctions waivers this month, leaving major powers with few options for monitoring or restricting it.

President Trump speaks about the Iran nuclear agreement at the White House in October 2017.

October 13, 2017

Iran Nuclear Agreement
Will Decertification Spike the Iran Nuclear Accord?

President Trump’s denunciation of the Iran nuclear deal has put the agreement on shaky footing, even if Congress declines to reinstate sanctions.

President Trumps speaks about the Iran nuclear agreement at the White House.

May 23, 2013

Iran
Shifting Alliances in Iran

After the disqualification of popular former president Rafsanjani, it’s unclear which of the remaining, mostly conservative candidates will triumph in the June presidential election, says expert Fari…

February 1, 2012

Iran
A Third Option for Iran

The extraordinary risks posed by a nuclear-armed Iran require Washington and its partners to step up activity on economic sanctions and diplomacy, even while preparing military options, says CFR Pres…

September 13, 2018

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Risks of Reducing U.S. Special Operations in Africa

The Pentagon plans to withdraw its special operations forces in Africa, but major cutbacks could threaten recent efforts to counter terrorism threats across the region.

Chadian soldiers take a break during Operation Flintlock, U.S.-led military exercises, in Diffa, Niger.

September 8, 2010

Iran
A Cautionary Note on Iran

Though a new IAEA report adds to concerns about Iran’s nuclear program and U.S. opposition to the program is warranted, there’s no clear proof that the country is pursuing weapons or would act bellig…

August 9, 2010

Sanctions
A Weakened but Resourceful Iran

Sanctions have weakened Iran, but expert Hossein G. Askari says the country’s leaders continue to muddle through, in part because of popular support for uranium enrichment--the cause of mounting glob…

February 22, 2010

Iran
A Strategy for Iran

The recent IAEA report finding strong evidence of Iran’s efforts to develop a nuclear warhead suggests the U.S. should start working on strategies that include sanctions and building stronger allianc…

February 24, 2016

Iran
Why Iran’s Elections Matter

Despite heavy vetting of candidates, Iran’s elections for parliament and Assembly of Experts will offer insights into whether hardline or more moderate factions gain influence, says expert Mohammad A…

November 23, 2009

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Nuclear Quagmire with Iran

A leading arms control expert, George Perkovich says Iranian domestic disputes have apparently doomed its agreement to ship processed uranium out of the country. The UN Security Council, he says, mus…