Iran Nuclear Deal

Backgrounder: Iran’s Military Strategy in the Persian Gulf

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Iran’s military strategy calls for asymmetric warfare against a much more powerful foe in the United States, with a focus on increasing the military and economic costs of any potential conflict.

How Iraq Is Helping Iran Survive US Sanctions

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There seems little Washington can do to prevent Iraq becoming a key Iranian trading partner and energy customer.

What a US-Iran War Would Look Like

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Zac and Nick discuss some of the military dimensions of a potential US-Iran conflict, and how Tehran might seek to maximize the costs of a US campaign.

Will Russia Betray Iran Again?

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If history is any indication, don’t expect Russia to jump to Iran’s assistance in the event of a US military strike.

Macron in Last-Ditch Effort to Save Iran Nuclear Deal

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However much the French president wants to save the Iran nuclear deal, Europe’s inability to insulate Tehran from US sanctions has already been laid bare.

US-Iran Tensions

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Zac and Nick discuss mounting tensions between the United States and Iran - what's causing them, and whether or not they could lead to a new US war in the Middle East. Recorded on May 14, 2019.

Trump’s Iran Policy: Everything Old is New Again

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Trump hawkish turn away from the Obama-era balanced approach toward Iranian relations is reminiscent of George W. Bush’s “Axis of Evil.” It didn’t work then and it won’t work now.

Carrier Groups and Cancelled Waivers: US-Iran Hostilities Mount

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Are the US administration’s latest moves a matter of posturing, or is there something bigger in the works?

Is Iran’s Rouhani Administration on Borrowed Time?

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The usually opaque factional infighting of Iranian politics has spilled out into the open, highlighting a Rouhani administration that’s teetering on the brink.

FLASH: Iran Oil Industry Feels Bite of US Sanctions

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Less than a year out from President Trump’s May 2018 announcement that the United States is withdrawing from the JCPOA, Iran’s oil industry is struggling more than many anticipated.

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