Iranian Nuclear Program

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.

Iran Tracker Blog: Iran is Afraid of 2017. We Shouldn't Be

Last week’s approval by the US Senate Foreign Relation Committee of the Corker-Menendez bill to review any nuclear agreement with Iran did not bother Tehran much. Iran’s leaders understood the bill would have minimal impact on reaching a final deal and reacted accordingly. President Hassan Rouhani voiced his indifference, noting Iran is negotiating with the world powers, not the US Congress.

Complexities of Iranian Sanctions Relief

The head of Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Selhi (R) looks over paperps before meetings at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel March 28, 2015 in Lausanne. (Reuters)