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Our Quickly Unraveling Nuclear Deal
Articles - March 22, 2016
 

Iranians are famously savvy negotiators, so recent revelations that, under the U.S.-led global nuclear deal, Iran has far more leeway than we had thought to hide its nuclear progress and test ballistic missiles shouldn't surprise us. 

It should, however, alarm us. 

 
Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 162
Bulletins - March 15, 2016
 

Iran's elections: Less than meets the eye;
The Iranian military goes on the sectarian offensive;
A soaring execution rates;
Nuclear oversight of Iran shrinks 

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2047
Bulletins - March 14, 2016
 

Russia goes its own way on Afghanistan;
Amnesty: Russia guilty of "war crimes" in Syria

 

 
No Means To Muster
Articles - March 10, 2016
 

In the current political season, it's the policy dog that isn't barking. 

Over the past several primary debates, candidates on both sides of the aisle have sparred at length over national security, offering contrasting - if still vague - strategies for dealing with Russia, the Islamic State and Iran, among other foreign policy challenges. But precious little attention has so far been paid to a more fundamental question: Does the U.S. military actually have the resources to adequately respond to today's global threats? 

 
An Ominous Election In Iran
Articles - March 1, 2016
 

On Friday, Iranians went to the polls to select new representatives for the country's legislature, known as the Majles, and its Assembly of Experts, the powerful clerical body that oversees the performance of Iran's supreme leader. The results reflect a stronger-than-expected showing from the country's so-called "reformist" camp, particularly the political circles surrounding Iranian president Hassan Rouhani. 

 
Iran's Eurasian Adventure
Articles - February 24, 2016
 

As expected, last summer's nuclear deal is already shaping up to be an economic boon for Iran. From stepped-up post-sanctions trade with countries in Europe and Asia to newfound access to some $100 billion in previously escrowed oil revenue, the agreement (formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA) has put the country on the path toward a sustained national recovery. 

 
Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 161
Bulletins - February 23, 2016
 

Iran's campaign against the Baha'i continues;
Bahrain in the crosshairs...again;
Iranian attitudes, post-JCPOA;
Tehran's foreign legion;
Iran makes new nuclear plans

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2042
Bulletins - February 23, 2016
 

Wary in Minsk;
Gaming Russia's designs on the Baltics

 

 

 
Iran's Hard-Line Elections
Articles - February 23, 2016
 

Henry Kissinger famously remarked some time ago that Iran must decide whether it wants to be "a nation or a cause." For decades, U.S. presidents of both parties have been trying to coax Tehran toward the former and away from the latter. 

Most recently, the U.S.-led global nuclear agreement with Iran - with its scores of billions in sanctions relief that President Obama hoped Iran would invest to improve the living standards of its people - was designed to convince Tehran to abandon its revolutionary ways and become a nation in good standing. 

 
Eurasia Security Watch - No. 355
Bulletins - February 17, 2016
 

Iran's expanding Eurasian horizons;
In Turkmenistan, the constitutional fix is in;
Central Asia feels Russia's economic pain