U.S. Policy

Empty Rhetoric in the Obama Administration’s Iran Policy

U.S. President Barack Obama reviews an honor guard upon his arrival in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on March 28, 2014. Obama met with Saudi King Abdullah during his visit to the region. (Reuters)
 

The Obama administration has often responded to crises of confidence in its foreign policy by treating unease and skepticism among international allies and partners, and among critics at home, as a messaging problem. It has interpreted failure to secure buy-in or cooperation as a failure to communicate effectively, rather than as a potential sign of flawed substance.

Iran Action Plan is No Step Forward

(L-R) British Foreign Secretary William Hague, Germany's Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius gather at the United Nations Palais in Geneva November 24, 2013. (Reuters)

China-Iran Ties: Assessment and Implications for U.S. Policy

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates meets with Chinese defense ministry officials in January 2011. (Photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison, defense.gov)
 
 
Introduction

Iran's Nuclear Program: IAEA Update

(IAEA Board of Governors meeting, photo by International Atomic Energy Agency)
 

Sanctions on Iran: Reactions and Impact

Bandar-e-Abbas, (Photo by Ivan Milnaric, available at Flickr)

Deterrence Misapplied: Challenges in Containing a Nuclear Iran

In this working paper for the Council on Foreign Relations, Frederick W. Kagan examines the deterrence model from a theoretical and historical perspective and assesses whether a nuclear Islamic Republic of Iran would be deterrable. The full text of the paper can be downloaded below or accessed here.

Gasoline Sanctions on Iran: How Will Tehran Respond?

A woman stands in the middle of Haft-e Tir Square in Tehran. (Photo by kamshots, available at Flickr)

 

Iran's September

Mazandaran province, Northern Iran (Photo by Hamed Saber, available at flickr) 
 

Iran Policy: Sanctioned Individuals & Entities

U.S. Department of the Treasury Building (photo by tomasland, available at flickr).
 

Sources (adapted from):

[1] United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1737, 1747, and 1803 (available at http://www.iaea.org/NewsCenter/Focus/IaeaIran/index.shtml).

[2] U.S. Department of Treasury press releases (available at http://www.treas.gov/press/).

[3] U.S. Department of State (available at http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/index.htm).