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April 3, 2015

The Iran Nuclear Deal Framework: Considerations for Congress

The framework for a nuclear deal with Iran has been reached with the goal of reaching a comprehensive agreement by the end of June. Given this understanding, policymakers, including Congress, should consider what happens in the "Days After a Deal."

RAND researchers discuss the Days After a Deal With Iran

For nearly two years, RAND has been engaged in a broad, forward-thinking exercise to explore what the "Days After a Deal" might look like in terms of U.S. policy options, Iran's foreign policy, and regional responses from Israel and Saudi Arabia.

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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell welcomes newly elected Republican senators, November 12, 2014

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Congress's Role In Implementing a Nuclear Agreement

Larry Hanauer

What are the range of steps Congress can take to facilitate, hinder, or even block the executive branch's efforts to relieve economic sanctions? Read more »

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani arrives at a news conference

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U.S. policies of Hedging and Engaging

Lynn E. Davis

Does the current consensus that is developing (a cautious hedging/accommodating partner perspectives) risk losing the opportunities presented by a nuclear agreement with Iran and even Iran's willingness to proceed with its implementation? Read more »

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attend a news conference

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Regional Responses to a Final Nuclear Agreement

Dalia Dassa Kaye, Jeffrey Martini

How will key U.S. partners in the region, Israel and Saudi Arabia, respond to a nuclear agreement between the P5+1 and Iran? Read more »

An Iranian flag flutters in front of the UN headquarters in Vienna

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Continuity and Change in Iranian Foreign Policy

Alireza Nader

What are President Hassan Rouhani's likely hopes for a post-deal foreign policy, the domestic constraints on his goals, and how a final deal might affect Iran's relations with Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey, and, finally, the United States? Read more »

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attend a news conference

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Implications for the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime

Jeffrey Kaplow, Rebecca Gibbons

How can the international community find ways to mitigate some of the deal's negative consequences? Read more »

RAND Congressional Resources Staff

Jayme Fuglesten
Director, Office of Congressional Relations

Kurt Card
National Security and International Affairs Legislative Analyst

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