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  • Bringing Back Sanctions Will Hurt U.S. Allies and Iran, but Will It Help the U.S.?

    Aug 7, 2018

    Kaye

    President Trump's added sanctions this week may well force Europe out of Iran and hurt Iran and its people, but the U.S. has nothing to gain. If leaving the Iran deal and attempting a maximum pressure plan does not lead Iran to change its behavior or the regime to collapse, what's next?

  • Regime Change in Iran: Watch What You Ask For

    Aug 2, 2018

    Dobbins

    Mike Pompeo's speech in May signaled a desire for regime change in Iran, but the U.S. will have to change its approach to shape a positive outcome. This could involve targeting sanctions more narrowly rather than seeking to impoverish the general population. And lifting the ban on Iranian visitors to the U.S. would be a good start.

  • Russia's Wars and Trump

    Jul 11, 2018

    Clarke , et al.

    At the July 16 summit in Helsinki, President Trump might stress that the West will persist in imposing costs on Russia for current and any future malign interventions. At the same time, he could offer to work with Putin in the search for peace in Syria and Ukraine if Moscow were to decide to withdraw its forces.

  • Time to Make a Deal on Syria

    Jul 10, 2018

    Charap , et al.

    U.S. leverage is much diminished by the Assad regime's recent gains but there are still opportunities for Washington and Russia to achieve a settlement that preserves some U.S. interests. These include maintaining the gains made against the Islamic State and constraining Iranian influence in Syria.

  • Israeli-Turkish Ties Face Formidable Challenges

    Jun 27, 2018

    Efron

    Israel and Turkey have mutual economic interests, such as trade, tourism, and energy. They have usually been able to separate their economic interests from their political differences, but current relations remain contentious. They differ on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the future of Syria.

  • Assessing Transatlantic Fallout After the U.S. Withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal

    May 31, 2018

    Hoobler

    The U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal has set off another round of reflection on the state and future of the transatlantic alliance. Though this dispute may not in itself lead to a full breach in the transatlantic relationship, it joins a growing list of sharp disagreements impacting U.S. alliances.

  • Regime Appears Fragile as Iranians Turn Much of Their Ire Inward

    May 21, 2018

    Baffa , et al.

    Economic hardship is fueling unrest in Iran. New sanctions stemming from the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal may exacerbate already difficult conditions. Now might be the time to exert maximum pressure on the regime in an effort to bring Tehran back to the negotiating table.

  • Five Thoughts on Jerusalem, Gaza, and What's in Between

    May 15, 2018

    Efron

    Dozens of people have been killed and over 2,000 injured in protests in the Gaza Strip along the border with Israel. Continued clashes are expected until the fundamental problems of the strip are solved, including the governance vacuum, the Palestinian Authority-Hamas rift, and the conflict with Israel.

  • The Strategic Fallout of U.S. Withdrawal from the Iran Deal

    May 10, 2018

    Kaye

    President Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear agreement. What will happen next? Friction between the United States and its European allies will likely increase, while Iran moves closer to China and Russia. Also, the resentment of a new generation of Iranians toward America is likely to grow.

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