Iranian Nuclear Program

In Depth: The Iran Nuclear Deal and Sanctions Relief

Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal on July 14, 2015, capping more than a decade of on-off negotiations. (Reuters)
 

Dismantling the Iran Sanctions Regime

Iran Tracker Blog: President Rouhani lays out vision for the new Middle East

Obama Presents A False Dichotomy On Iran

President Obama and his supporters have done a terrific job of framing the debate over the Iran nuclear agreement as a choice between taking the deal or opting for war. They continually challenge critics to articulate an alternative to the deal, claiming that there isn’t one. This is a superb debating technique, and it has put critics on the defensive.

Iran Tracker Blog: Khamenei has his own tough sell on the nuke deal

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is still holding back from fully endorsing last week’s announced Iran deal: the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). His reticence is smart and to be expected. Khamenei must appear above the fray of Iran’s internal politics while in reality he is intimately involved in their orchestration.

Why They're Cheering in Tehran

Iranians celebrate on the streets following a nuclear deal with major powers, in Tehran July 14, 2015. (Reuters).

The Day After A Deal: What To Expect From Iran

A nuclear agreement will inject a large cash windfall into Iran’s ailing economy.

Iran Tracker Blog: Near to a nuclear deal, Iran grapples with bigger headaches

As the world is focusing on the yet-again extended nuclear talks, Iranian leaders are expressing ever greater concerns about the perceived threats from ISIS and Saudi Arabia. How Tehran may respond, including deploying ground forces in Iraq, should give everyone pause.

Iran Tracker Blog: Did Iran’s leaders admit they are intellectually bankrupt?

Iran is perhaps facing its most ominous security environment since the Iran-Iraq War, yet Iranian leaders are being surprisingly open and frank about the severe challenges they face and their need to find better strategies in response.

Iran Tracker Blog: Nuke Talk Pressure Is Getting to the Ayatollah

I have noted previously the hypersensitivity to US military pressure that Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei exhibited during a May 6 speech in Tehran. Perhaps just as important in that speech—but as yet not discussed—was something unspoken: "Everyone take note of this meaning. Our negotiators also, pay [close] attention!

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.