US Issues New Travel Warning for Iran

August 26, 2016

On August 22, the U.S. State Department issued new guidance warning Americans to “carefully consider nonessential travel” to Iran. The warning reiterated the risk of arrest and detention of U.S. citizens, particularly dual national Iranian-Americans. Iran does not recognize dual citizenship. The following is the full text of the State Department warning. 


Ahmadinejad Writes Obama

August 9, 2016

Former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on President Obama to unfreeze some $2 billion in Iranian foreign currency reserves that were seized from bank accounts in New York earlier in 2016. On April 20, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a judgement that held Iran financially responsible for terrorist attacks dating back to the 1983 Marine Corps barracks bombing in Beirut.

Report: Assessing Implementation of the Nuclear Deal

August 1, 2016

Sanctions relief remains a contentious issue more than six months after the implementation of the nuclear deal. Both the United States and Iran, however, can take additional steps to ensure that Iran gets the intended benefits of sanctions relief, according to a new report by Richard Nephew, program director for Economic Statecraft, Sanctions, and Energy Markets at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. From 2013 to 2015, he served principal deputy coordinator for sanctions policy at the State Department and was the lead sanctions expert for the U.S.

Report: GCC Cooperation and Iran

July 28, 2016

Potential rapprochement between the United States and Iran in the wake of the nuclear deal could cause rifts between the Gulf Cooperation Council states, depending on how Iran is integrated into the regional security order. Engagement with Iran operates as a “wedge” between GCC members, with Oman being the outlier. Oman played a key role in secret talks between Iran and the United States that led to the nuclear negotiations.

Dual Nationals and Foreigners Held in Iran

July 25, 2016

Several Iranians who also hold American, British, or Canadian citizenship or residency are now imprisoned in Iran. Half have been picked up since the U.S.-Iran prisoner swap for five Americans or dual nationals in January 2016. Two more – one British and one French – have been released on bail but may still face charges. Some have been accused of undermining national security or spreading propaganda against the state.

US, Iran & Russia Criticize UN Report

July 20, 2016

Iran, the United States and Russia criticized a new U.N. report on implementation of the nuclear deal codified in Security Council Resolution 2231. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, in his first bi-annual report on the deal, commended Iran and the world’s major powers for implementing their commitments. He, however, highlighted Iran’s complaint that it has yet to fully benefit from the lifting of sanctions due to U.S. policies.