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  • Commentary posted May 20, 2016 by James Phillips The Nuclear Deal Hasn't Changed Iran

    Under the Iran nuclear agreement, key restrictions on Tehran’s nuclear operations will be lifted in ten to fifteen years. This makes no sense unless the Obama administration believes that Iran’s dictatorship has changed its spots and can now be trusted to uphold the nuclear nonproliferation commitments it has repeatedly violated in the past. The administration has hinted…

  • Backgrounder posted May 9, 2016 by James Phillips The Dangerous Regional Implications of the Iran Nuclear Agreement

    Iran is consolidating its gains on multiple fronts under the July 2015 nuclear agreement reached with the P5+1 (the five permanent members of U.N. Security Council plus Germany). The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that addressed the nuclear issue has also bolstered Iran’s theocratic dictatorship in the economic, trade, political, diplomatic, military, and…

  • Issue Brief posted April 20, 2016 by James Phillips Obama Needs to Mend Fences at Gulf Cooperation Council Summit

    President Barack Obama will travel to Saudi Arabia to meet with King Salman on Wednesday and with leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Thursday. His trip is a follow-up to the May 2015 summit at Camp David that the President convened with leaders of the six GCC member states: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. President…

  • Issue Brief posted April 14, 2016 by William T. Wilson, Ph.D. Lifting of Sanctions on Iran Complicates Policy Options

    In a landmark agreement reached in January 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency judged that Iran was compliant with its internationally agreed upon nuclear obligations. The nuclear deal that the Obama Administration helped to negotiate remains controversial and contested in the U.S. In fact, U.S. commitments under it could well be overturned by the next President.…

  • Commentary posted January 7, 2016 by Peter Brookes Saudi Execution Fuels Regional Rift

    Well, it looks like the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have decided to kick off the New Year by throwing another log on the already-roaring fire that is burning much of the Middle East. A bigger blaze that engulfs even more of the region isn’t out of the question. The latest crisis revolves around Riyadh’s mass execution of 47 people last…

  • Issue Brief posted November 6, 2015 by James Phillips The Obama–Netanyahu Meeting: An Opportunity to Bolster Strategic Cooperation

    President Barack Obama will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on November 9 after a long period of tension between the two leaders over the controversial nuclear deal with Iran. Netanyahu, who warned that a nuclear-armed Iran would pose an existential threat to Israel, was highly critical of the risky agreement, which he lambasted for…

  • Issue Brief posted October 2, 2015 by James Phillips The Iran Nuclear Deal: What the Next President Should Do

    The failure of Congress to halt the implementation of the Obama Administration’s nuclear agreement with Tehran means that the U.S. is stuck with a bad deal on Iran’s nuclear program at least for now. Iran’s radical Islamist regime will now benefit from the suspension of international sanctions without dismantling its nuclear infrastructure, which will remain basically…

  • Commentary posted September 28, 2015 by James Phillips The Iran Deal Onion: The More Layers You Peel, the More It Stinks

    “This thing is like an onion,” George Costanza once said on an episode of “Seinfeld.” “The more layers you peel, the more it stinks.” Just about anyone who examines the Iran nuclear deal knows how he feels. Look at the recent bombshell report that revealed that Iran will be allowed to use its own officials to investigate a military site where it’s suspected of…

  • Backgrounder posted September 25, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Luke Coffey, Matthew Rolfes, Daniel Kochis, Dean Cheng, Lisa Curtis, Bruce Klingner Meager Ground Forces, Extensive Global Challenges: A Primer for the U.S. President in 2017

    Whoever occupies the Oval Office in 2017 will face challenges around the world, including a resurgent Russia, an increasingly assertive China, a metastasized Islamic State (ISIS), and an emboldened Iran. Addressing these and other foreign policy challenges in the wake of the Obama Administration’s “leading from behind” approach will require a fundamental change of…

  • Commentary posted September 18, 2015 by James Phillips Absurd side deal undermines credibility of Iran agreement

    'This thing is like an onion," George Costanza once said in an episode of Seinfeld. "The more layers you peel, the more it stinks." Just about anyone who examines the Iran nuclear deal knows how he feels. Consider the recent bombshell report that revealed that under the terms of a secret agreement it signed with the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran will be…

  • Market Research posted September 15, 2015 by Mark Schreiber, Elizabeth Fender A Less Secure America: Messaging on the Iran Nuclear Deal

    Messaging Priorities: Highlight the Dangers of the Deal Funds terrorism Gives the bomb to Iran Gives Iran a month to hide violations Transparency—79% believe Washington leaders are not telling the full truth about what is in the nuclear deal and overstating our ability to verify and enforce the agreement. Accountability—71% agree that the President should…

  • Commentary posted August 31, 2015 by James Phillips The Iran nuclear deal: Peeling back the layers

    "This thing is like an onion," George Costanza once said on an episode of "Seinfeld." "The more layers you peel, the more it stinks." Just about anyone who examines the Iran nuclear deal knows how he feels. Look at the recent bombshell report that revealed Iran will be allowed to use its own officials to investigate a military site where it's suspected of conducting…

  • Commentary posted August 24, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Nuclear Distraction: Inattention Has Put The U.S. In Danger

    The Iran Deal is the biggest nuclear story of the decade. Yet most Americans are paying little attention. Even the 70th anniversary of dropping the atomic bombs on Japan stirred little interest. Today, nuclear weapons are pretty much “out of sight, out of mind.” That’s quite a change from the Cold War era, when an entire generation of Americans was raised on worrying…

  • Commentary posted August 19, 2015 by Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D. What happens if Congress says no to the Iran deal?

    You’ve heard the argument. If Congress turns down the Iran nuclear deal, Tehran will rush to get a nuclear bomb within two to three months. Our only alternative then is war. But what about Congress voting “no” and re-adjusting the terms of the agreement? Robert Satloff, the executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, recently made such a…

  • Commentary posted August 18, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Why the Iran deal makes war more likely

    Do you think opposition to the Obama administration’s deal with Iran is strictly a partisan issue? Hardly. Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York recently joined half a dozen Democrats in the House of Representatives who have voiced doubts about the agreement. Who can blame them? It flunks the most basic litmus test imaginable. After all, what’s the point of the deal? It is — or…