Iran’s Nuclear Program

Iran Bends under the Weight of US ‘Maximum Pressure’

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New nationwide protests are heaping pressure on the Rouhani regime; but all routes to a political solution remain blocked off.

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.

Backgrounder: The U.S. Maximum Pressure Campaign toward Iran

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Maximum pressure is working – just not in the way that US officials had hoped it would.

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.

Global Forecast (11-05-2018)

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Ebola spreading in DRC, Bank of Japan mulling an end to Abenomics, and Iran finds itself under US sanctions once again.

Iran Sanctions: The Triumph of Short-Term Thinking

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Iran sanctions are disruptive for both energy markets and US strategy toward the Middle East.

Iran Sanctions: Energy Market Winners and Losers

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Iran’s biggest customers are scrambling to secure alternative sources of oil supply.

Amid Strikes and Protests, Iran Braces for a New Wave of Sanctions

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Tehran tries to put one fire out while preparing for an inferno.

Moscow’s Endgame in the Syrian Civil War

A Putin painting in an exhibition. President Putin's popularity has been boosted by Russia's involvement in Syrian civil war.

For President Putin, the road to a new Russian superpower leads through Syria.

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