U.S. Policy

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

The Iran Tracker Blog is produced by American Enterprise Institute Resident Fellow J. Matthew McInnis and the Critical Threats Project. The blog highlights the most salient news stories of the previous week, analyzes the larger themes, and provides an outlook for future Iranian developments. Regular analysis will be posted below.

 

Dispersed But Not Degraded: Iranian Universities And The Regime's Nuclear Weaponization Activities

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano addresses the media after a board of governors meeting at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna January 24, 2014. (Reuters)

 

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)