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Kerry Campaigns to Save Nuclear Deal

February 19, 2018
On February 18, former Secretary of State John Kerry pushed back against critics of the Iran nuclear deal, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. At the Munich Security Conference, Netanyahu warned that Iran would be on its way to having a nuclear arsenal in 10 years. During a later…

Tillerson on Iran During Middle East Trip

February 16, 2018
From February 11-16, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with officials in Egypt, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey during a tour of the Middle East. Iran's rising influence in the region, the nuclear agreement, and the latest incident between Israel and Iran in Syria, were topics of discussion…

US Statement on House Arrest of Opposition Leaders

February 15, 2018
On February 15, the State Department issued a statement on the seven-year anniversary of the house arrest of three Iranian opposition leaders. “The United States calls on Iran to respect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all individuals in Iran consistent with its international…

Call for a Referendum in Iran

February 14, 2018
On February 11, President Hassan Rouhani proposed a referendum to heal political divisions during his speech marking the 39th anniversary of the Islamic revolution. “If we have differences, we must refer to Article 59 of the constitution ... which says, in certain cases of passing laws or…

US Intelligence Community on Iran

February 13, 2018
On February 13, Director of National Intelligence Daniel R. Coats released the annual "Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community." At a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Coats and his counterparts from the Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, Defense…

Israel Strikes Iranian Targets in Syria, Loses Jet

February 13, 2018
On February 10, tensions between two regional rivals escalated after an Israeli combat helicopter reportedly intercepted an Iranian drone that crossed the Syria-Israel border. IDF spokesman Lt Col Jonathan Conricus told CNN that Israel tracked the unmanned craft from its launch from the Iranian T-4…

Revolution Anniversary 2: Rallies in Pictures

February 12, 2018
On February 11, Iranians celebrated the 39th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. The popular uprising, led by the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, led to the ouster of Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi and ended centuries of dynastic rule. Each year, Iranians hold mass rallies across the country and…

Revolution Anniversary 1: Rouhani and Khamenei Speeches

February 12, 2018
President Hassan Rouhani issued a call for unity as Iranians celebrated the Islamic revolution’s 39th anniversary. “Today, we need everyone, including principlists, reformists, moderates, and everyone who recognizes the constitution, for the country’s development and progress,” he told thousands…

US Nuclear Posture Review on Iran

February 5, 2018
On February 2, the U.S. Defense Department released a Nuclear Posture Review at the direction of the Trump administration. The document, a product of a year’s worth of analysis and deliberations across government agencies, describes the roles nuclear weapons play in U.S. national security strategy…

Iran's Hijab Protests

February 2, 2018
Updated: February 7, 2018
Tehran police have reportedly arrested 29 people, mostly women, for appearing in public without a hijab (head covering), according to Iranian media. Women have increasingly taken to street corners and squares by themselves or in small groups to protest the modest dress code imposed after the 1979…

Poll: Iranians on Nuclear Deal, Foreign and Defense Policy

February 2, 2018
Support for the nuclear deal among Iranians is slipping, according to a new poll by the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM) and IranPoll.com. Since June 2017, support for the deal fell by 12 points to 55 percent. Three fourths of respondents said the deal has not…

Poll: Iranians on Economy, Politics After Protests

February 2, 2018
Large majorities of Iranians are critical of the government’s economic mismanagement and want it to do more to fight corruption, according to a new poll by the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland and IranPoll.com. Half of respondents said unemployment or youth unemployment are…

Rouhani Speech in Kerman on Revolution Anniversary

February 1, 2018
On the first of the “10 Days of Dawn,” which commemorate the 1979 revolution and Ruhollah Khomeini’s return from exile, President Hassan Rouhani gave a speech on economic development, Iran’s resistance to outside powers and U.S. intervention in the region. The following are excerpts from his…

Trump on Iran in State of the Union

January 31, 2018
Updated: February 1, 2018
On January 30, President Donald Trump expressed support for Iranian protestors and urged Congress to fix perceived flaws in the nuclear deal during his first State of the Union address.   “When the people of Iran rose up against the crimes of their corrupt dictatorship, I did not stay silent.…

Karroubi Challenges Supreme Leader

January 30, 2018
On January 29, opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi issued rare criticism of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in an open letter. “You have been Iran’s top leader for three decades, but still speak like an opposition,” wrote Karroubi in the letter published by Saham News, the official website of…

Rouhani’s First Interview Since Protests

January 26, 2018
On January 22, President Hassan Rouhani gave his first interview since protests over economic grievances and corruption broke out in late December and early January. Rouhani reiterated his support for citizens expressing their opinions, although the interviewer never brought up the demonstrations…

House Speaker Ryan in UAE on Iran

January 25, 2018
On January 25, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said the United States will take leverage economic relationships to make it more difficult for Iran to fund destabilizing activities in the Middle East. In remarks to the Emirates Diplomatic Academy in the United Arab Emirates, Ryan also expressed…

Pence in Israel: Iran Nuclear Deal a “Disaster”

January 23, 2018
On January 22, Vice President Mike Pence pledged that the United States would never allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon and that it will “no longer tolerate Iran’s support of terrorism, or its brutal attempts to suppress its own people.” In an address to the Israeli parliament, the Knesset,…

Pentagon’s Mattis on Iran, US Defense Strategy

January 19, 2018
Updated: January 22, 2018
On January 19, Secretary of Defense James Mattis released the U.S. National Defense Strategy, the first in a decade. It builds on President Trump's National Security Strategy, which was released in December 2017. The unclassified summary said the United States would strengthen international…

Report: Voter Behavior and Political Mobilization in Iran

January 17, 2018
Kevan Harris, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California-Los Angeles, and Daniel Tavana, a PhD Candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, have collaborated on a groundbreaking initiative focused on the political behavior and socio-…

Report: Nuclear Deal at Two

January 17, 2018
“The 2015 Iran nuclear accord is as successful as it remains fragile,” according to a new report by the International Crisis Group. President Trump has pledged to withdraw the United States from the deal if Congress and European partners do not alter its terms. “Meanwhile, friction between Iran,…

Europe, China and Russia Respond to Trump Ultimatum

January 16, 2018
Updated: January 26, 2018
On January 12, President Trump waived sanctions on Iran for a third time, as required every 120 days by law under the nuclear deal.  But he only did so "in order to secure our European allies’ agreement to fix the terrible flaws of the Iran nuclear deal,” he said. Trump also warned that he would…

Iran Reacts to US Sanctions, Trump Statement

January 16, 2018
On January 12, President Donald Trump extended sanctions waivers for Iran as required under the nuclear deal. But he warned that he would withdraw from the deal if European partners did not agree to fix perceived flaws in the agreement. On the same day, the U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned 14…

Trump Waives Sanctions, Calls for Nuclear Deal Overhaul

January 12, 2018
On January 12, President Donald Trump extended sanctions waivers for Iran for the third time. “I am waiving the application of certain nuclear sanctions, but only in order to secure our European allies’ agreement to fix the terrible flaws of the Iran nuclear deal,” he said. Trump also warned that…

US Imposes Sanctions for Human Rights Abuses, Weapons Proliferation

January 12, 2018
On January 12, the Trump Administration waived sanctions on Iran for another four months as part of the nuclear deal but took an increasingly hard stance on Tehran’s human rights violations and its controversial missile program. The decision follows widespread protests in Iran over economic…

Future of Iran Deal: What Other Parties Say

January 11, 2018
Updated: January 16, 2018
President Donald Trump has repeatedly suggested that he would prefer to withdraw from or renegotiate the Iran nuclear deal. He has called it “the worst deal ever negotiated.” In stark contrast, the other parties to the agreement — China, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, the United States, and the…

Iran’s Troubled Economy, By the Numbers

January 10, 2018
Iran’s economy was a key driver of the protests that erupted on December 28. Tens of thousands took to the streets to express their frustration with rising prices, unemployment, the gap between rich and poor, and corruption. The 2015 nuclear deal, which included sanctions relief, has not yielded…

Congress Supports Protesters, Condemns Government

January 9, 2018
Updated: January 11, 2018
On January 9, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution in support of Iranians “engaged in legitimate and peaceful protests.” It also condemned the government’s human rights abuses and urged the Trump Administration to sanction those responsible for violations. Republicans and Democrats…

Tillerson Interview on Iran

January 8, 2018
On January 5, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told CNN that the United States wants to amplify the voices of Iran’s protestors. “We know the regime listens to the world, and that’s why we’ve been working diligently with others in the world, including our European partners, to also amplify these…

New Reports: Iran's Cyber Threat

January 5, 2018
Updated: January 10, 2018
Iran has increasingly used cyber operations to monitor and retaliate against foreign and domestic enemies, according to two new reports. "Iran has demonstrated how militarily weaker countries can use offensive cyber operations to contend with more advanced adversaries,” concludes a study by the…