United States Institute of Peace

The Iran Primer

U.S. Policy

U.S. “Virtual Embassy” Gets 2 Million Hits

            The State Department announced that the “Virtual Embassy Tehran” website has been visited nearly two million times

U.S. Sanctions Iran's Shipping and Energy Sectors

            On November 30, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved new sanctions on Iran’s energy and shipping sectors.

Clinton: U.S. Must Test Diplomatic Option

            On November 29, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that “it’s imperative that we do everything we can –

U.S. Sets March Deadline for Iran’s Cooperation

            On November 29, Ambassador Robert Wood set a March 2013 deadline for Iran to begin cooperating with the U.N.

Obama to Push for Dialogue with Iran

            On November 14, President Barack Obama announced that he will push to start a dialogue between Iran and the internation

U.S. "Appalled" After Blogger Dies in Iran Prison

            On November 9, the United States condemned Iran's persecution of blogger Sattar Beheshti, who

Obama to Continue Iran’s National Emergency Status

            On November 9, President Barack Obama officially notified Congress that the White House will continue the national emergency st

U.S. Sanctions 17 Individuals and Entities

            On November 8, the U.S.

Iran, U.S. Deny Report on Bilateral Talks

            On October 20, the New York Times published an Tags: Iran, Negotiations, Nuclear Program, U.S. Policy, U.S. Policy

U.S. Targets Iran-based al Qaeda Branch

            On October 18, the U.S. Treasury sanctioned the deputy of an al Qaeda branch operating in Iran.

U.S. Welcomes E.U. Sanctions

            On October 15, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that “Iran is under more pressure than ever before” tha

US Tightens Sanction Loopholes

            On October 9, the United States moved to tighten loopholes in its Iran sanctions.

US takes MEK off terrorism list

            On Sept. 28, the U.S.

World Leaders React to Ahmadinejad

            Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in New York on Sept. 22 and addressed the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 26.

U.S. Senate Rejects Containment Policy on Iran

            On Sept. 22, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution ruling out the policy of containing a nuclear-armed Iran.

Treasury Links Iran Oil to Elite Military

           On Sept.

FACT SHEET: Two Years of Tightening U.N. Sanctions

            On Sept. 20, one week before the U.N.

U.S. Treasury: Iran Oil Exports Down 55 Percent

On Sept. 12, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David Cohen announced that Iran’s crude oil exports have decreased by 55 percent since January 2012.

U.S. Welcomes Release of Christian Pastor

On Sept. 10, the State Department applauded Iran’s release of a Christian Pastor who was sentenced to death for apostasy in 2010.

U.S. Condemns Iran’s New Education Policy

On August 21, State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland issued the following statement condemning Iran’s new education policy.

Panetta: Iran Trains Syrian Militia

On August 14, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey held a joint press conference in Washington.

U.S. on Earthquake Aid

On August 12, 2012, the United States offered aid to Iran after two earthquakes reportedly hit almost 200 villages near the northwest city of Tabriz.

U.S. Sanctions Syrian Oil Company for Iran Support

On August 10, the United States “imposed sanctions on the Syrian state-run oil company Sytrol under the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA), as amended by the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Acc

New Congressional Sanctions on Iran

On August 1, Congress voted to impose new sanctions on Iran that target companies aiding Tehran’s energy sector.

Panetta: “All options” on the table for Iran

On August 1, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta warned that “all options” are on the table for preventing a nuclear-armed Iran, including “military options.” At a joint pr

Part II: U.S. Assesses New Sanctions

On July 31, the Obama administration provided a briefing on the new U.S. sanctions on Iran.

Part I: U.S. Sanctions Oil Industry

On July 31, President Obama issued the following statement on new sanctions on Iranian oil and foreign financial institutions that facilitate transactions for Iranian banks.

Part II: U.S. Slams Iran on Baha’is

The State Department’s annual International Religious Freedom report focused particular attention on Iran’s Baha’is, the country’s largest religious minority at between

Part I: Iran “Horrible” on Religious Freedom

On July 30, 2012, the U.S. Department of State released its annual International Religious Freedom Report, which highlighted serious human rights violations in Iran.

U.S. Warns Iran about Prisoners

On July 18, the State Department expressed concern about the deteriorating condition of political prisoners in Iran. Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland issued the following statement.

Connect With Us

Our Partners

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Logo