Islamic Republic of Iran

Iran’s Military Complex at Parchin and the Nuclear Connection

Fereydoun Abbasi Davani, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (Reuters)


Iran Nuclear Threat Overshadows Talks

P1+5 group meets with Iranian negotiators on its nuclear program in Moscow, June 18, 2012 (Press TV)

Iranian Influence in the Levant, Egypt, Iraq, and Afghanistan

This report is a product of the American Enterprise Institute and the Institute for the Study of War.

Stop Giving Iran a Pass

The Obama administration’s recent focus on finding a compromise to allow the Iranian regime to maintain some enrichment capabilities “for peaceful purposes” distracts from the underlying nuclear threat at hand. Any outcome short of the verifiable dismantling and end of the Iranian nuclear program (including the removal of all nuclear material) will leave Tehran at the threshold of a nuclear weapons capability that will pose a threat to American interests an

The Iranian Nuclear Program: Timelines, Data, and Estimates V2.1

Iranian President Ahmadinejad visits the Natanz uranium enrichment facility on April 8, 2008. (Getty)

This assessment is version 2.1 of a recurring analysis of Iran’s nuclear program. 

Iran's 2012 Parliamentary Elections: A Political Primer

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, 2007 (Wikimedia Commons)

America's Iranian Self-Deception

Americans are being played for fools by Iran—and fooling themselves. There is no case to be made that Iran is not pursuing a nuclear weapons capability. There is no evidence that Iran's decision-makers are willing to stop the nuclear program in exchange for lifting sanctions or anything else. The International Atomic Energy Agency reported on Friday that it has made no progress in its negotiations with Iran and that Iran continues to accelerate its enrichment operations, which are in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions and agreements with the IAEA.

It’s No ‘Potemkin’ Nuclear Enrichment Plant

An unnamed senior U.S. official responded to a report that Iran is building out the Fordow enrichment plant by describing the facility “as a ‘Potemkin’ plant, a façade that could not operate and was under close watch by the International Atomic Energy Agency,” according to NBC News.

Iran Takes Another Step

The prospect of Iran achieving nuclear breakout capability is becoming more imminent.

Strait Talk with Iran

The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) transits through the Strait of Hormuz, October 9, 2011. (Wikimedia)

Iran’s threat to close a vital international waterway if stricter sanctions are imposed on Iranian oil exports is more than just bellicose and provocative.  It is also a test of U.S. will and commitment in the Persian Gulf at a time when our role in the region is changing.