Iran Tracker Blog: Why Phased Sanction Relief is So Hard For Iran to Swallow

Last week there was widespread optimism that a deal on Iran’s nuclear program was close. Now a less enthusiastic tone has emerged, especially from Western negotiators, and a key problem appears to be how much and how fast sanctions relief will come.

Iran Tracker Blog: Nuclear Framework Agreement Has Iran Smiling

It has been congratulations all around in Tehran since Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif returned home with a framework for a comprehensive nuclear agreement with the P5+1.

Iran Tracker Blog: What Does Iran Really Want in Yemen?

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and other senior leaders loudly condemned Riyadh’s ongoing Operation Decisive Storm against the al Houthi rebels last week, and the shape of Iran’s counter-narrative is now emerging. Today Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarifannounced a peace plan calling for a ceasefire and dialogue. But what does Iran really want?

Testimony: Beyond Nuclear: The Increasing Threat from Iran

Fighters from Iraq's Islamist Shi'ite militias pose for pictures before departing to Syria from Baghdad, June 11, 2013. Syria is splintering the Middle East along a divide between the two main denominations of Islam, becoming a battlefield in a proxy war between Assad's main regional ally, Shi'ite Iran, and his Sunni enemies in Turkey and the Gulf Arab states.(Reuters)

Statement before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade on “State Sponsor of Terror: The Global Threat of Iran.”