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The Iran Primer


Day 1 of Nuke Deal: US, IAEA, EU Remarks

            The nuclear deal between Iran and the world’s six major powers went into effect on January 20.

US Renews Sanctions Waivers for 11 Nations

            On September 6, the United States extended Iran sanctions waivers to Japan and 10 E.U.

Iran and Syria Condemn U.S. Aid to Rebels

            On March 2, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and his Syrian counterpart, Walid Mouallem, condemned the recent U.S.

Khamenei: Iran Not Seeking Nuclear Weapons

            On February 16, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei claimed Iran has no intention to build nuclear weapons.

Supreme Leader Rejects U.S. Overture

            On February 7, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei rejected an offer by Vice President Joe Biden for direct talks.

Treasury Sanctions Oil Revenues and Targets Human Rights Abusers

            On February 6, the U.S.

Letter Appeals to Obama, Khamenei from Former Iran Parliamentarians

            On January 7, seven former Iranian parliamentarians called for direct talks between Washington and Tehran on the nuclear issue

Iran: A Rough Year in 2013

 Alireza Nader

U.S. Intelligence: Iran Key to Future Mideast Stability

            Iran’s nuclear intentions will be a key variable in future Middle East stability, according to a new report by the U.S.

U.S.-Iranian Competition in the Middle East

            The Arab uprisings shattered the conventional military balance between Iran and the United States in the Middle East, a

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

Weighing Benefits and Costs of International Sanctions Against Iran

            The United States could better leverage sanctions against Iran while mitigating negative consequences, according to a new repo

Dealing with the Iranian Nuclear Challenge

            Tehran has “no urgent incentive to build nuclear weapons” according to a new policy brief by Robert Litwak.

Iran on Direct U.S. Talks

            Senior Iranian officials sent mixed signals in response to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s statement about bilateral

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 –

Economic Impact of a U.S.-Iran Conflict

            On November 16, a new report by the Federation of American Scientists estimated that a full-scale U.S.

Will Obama Win Jumpstart Diplomacy?

Patrick Clawson

Will Obama Win Jumpstart Diplomacy?

Patrick Clawson

Iran Reacts to Obama Win

            After President Obama’s reelection, Iranian officials indicated that they are open to renewed negotiations.

U.S. Sanctions 17 Individuals and Entities

            On November 8, the U.S.

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.

Escalating US-Iran Rivalry

            On October 10, the Center for Strategic and International Studies warned that sanctions and diplomatic isolation may not convin

Biden, Ryan Debate on Iran Crisis

            On October 11, Vice President Joe Biden and Republican candidate Paul Ryan quarreled over how to prevent 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.

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