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Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 158 - SPECIAL ISSUE: The Iran Nuclear Deal
Bulletins - July 28, 2015
 

In Washington, worries over latent nuclear potential;
A shot in the arm for Iran's military budget;
Fear and loathing in Riyadh...;
...and Israel

 

 

 

 
The Iran Deal Will Make Matters Worse
Articles - July 23, 2015
 

The White House says the only alternative to the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran is warHowever it is the deal itself that is pushing the Middle East towards conflict. 

 
Rebuilding The U.S.-Israel Alliance
Articles - July 14, 2015
 

Even before it was formally published late last month, Michael Oren's memoir of his time as Israel's envoy to the United States had ignited a firestorm of controversy, and for very good reason. His book, Ally: My Journey across the American-Israeli Divide, provides the most damning account to date of a "special relationship" that, on President Obama's watch, has deteriorated to an almost unthinkable degree, with the White House coming to view Israel and its often-pugnacious premier, Benjamin Netanyahu, as more of a problem than Iran's nuclear ambitions, Palestinian corruption, or the Syrian civil war. 

 
If North Korea Got The Bomb, Iran Will Too
Articles - July 7, 2015
 

If North Korea could develop and test a nuclear weapon, even under a stringent arms control regime, why can't Iran also build a bomb under a far less ample nuclear deal? 

 
Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 157
Bulletins - July 6, 2015
 

Tehran doubles down in Afghanistan;
Iran's hand in Yemen's chaos;
A deepening water crisis;
For Iran, brightening economic horizons;
The tussle of the S-300

 

 
Supreme Irony
Articles - June 30, 2015
 

Those in America's foreign policymaking circles who are concerned about the emerging U.S.-led nuclear agreement with Iran are increasingly pinning their hopes not on Washington changing its negotiating posture but, instead, on Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei walking away from the table.

 
Why Iran's Past Nuclear Actions Matter
Articles - June 23, 2015
 

It would be fair to say that the past year-and-a-half of nuclear talks with Iran has not been America's finest negotiating hour. But even by the comparatively low standards of U.S. diplomacy to date, the collapse of the American position in recent days has been nothing short of breathtaking.

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 7
Bulletins - June 22, 2015
 

In Syria, a sinister synergy;
ISIS makes inroads in southeast Asia...;
...while Islamism flourishes in Central Asia;
Among the OIC nations, the start of a strategy;
The Dutch versus the veil;
How British Jihadis now find their way to the Syrian front

 

 
Iran Strategy Brief No. 7: Iran's Various Voices
Policy Papers - June 17, 2015
 

Is the Islamic Republic of Iran a country or a cause? For decades, the question is one that has bedeviled Western observers. Foreign politicians and diplomats long have struggled to reconcile the Iranian regime’s radical rhetoric and destructive international behavior with its pragmatic participation in numerous treaty arrangements, and its prominent role in various multilateral forums.

 
Another Day, Another Cave
Articles - June 16, 2015
 

If, as Marx taught, history repeats itself "first as tragedy, then as farce," then Washington's latest reported concession proves that U.S.-led nuclear negotiations with Iran have moved from the tragic to the farcical. 

 
Get Ready To Scrap The Iran Nuclear Talks
Articles - June 2, 2015
 

"Interviews with scientists is completely out of the question and so is inspection of military sites," Abbas Araqchi, Iran's senior negotiator on its nuclear program, announced on state television on Saturday, just as Secretary of State John Kerry was conferring with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a final push to meet the June 30 deadline for an Iran nuclear agreement.

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 5
Bulletins - May 22, 2015
 

Britain's Jihadis return home;
Pushback in Tunisia;
How the Islamic state is sneaking into Europe;
The Islamic State's resilient terror economy;
In the Sahara, cracks in Islamist identification;
Australia's hard line

 

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 4
Bulletins - May 1, 2015
 

In Georgia, a grassroots response to ISIS;
Unlikely allies in the Sinai;
Tackling education in Egypt;
Hamas gains in the West Bank;
The Islamic state's next casualty: The Taliban 

 
What We Don't Know About Iran Could Hurt Us
Articles - April 30, 2015
 

To hear the Obama administration tell it, the framework nuclear accord agreed to between the P5+1 powers and Iran last month in Lausanne, Switzerland is a good deal. The White House has pledged that the final agreement to be concluded in coming weeks, backed up by a robust monitoring and verification regime, will block Iran's pathways to a bomb for at least a decade - and perhaps considerably longer. 

 
Iran: Isolated No Longer
Articles - April 27, 2015
 

Less than a month after it was signed in Lausanne, Switzerland, the framework nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 powers is already beginning to pay dividends - for Iran, that is. 

Even before the April 2 accord, the enforced isolation that brought Iran's ayatollahs to the nuclear negotiating table back in 2013 had begun to erode, progressively undermined by hungry investors eager to return to "business as usual" with the Islamic Republic. But since the framework deal was signed, the floodgates have opened in earnest. 

 
Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 156
Bulletins - April 24, 2015
 

Israel in the crosshairs;
The IRGC and the nuclear deal;
Iran's new project: "Ground Zero"
After Lausanne, new overtures from Russia;
...and China

 
Iran Is Already Winning
Articles - April 21, 2015
 

As global talks over Iran's nuclear program resume in Vienna this week, one can't help wonder whether, in a larger sense, the die of an Iranian regional, military and economic victory has already been cast. From Washington to Berlin, Moscow to Beijing, and many places in between, Iran's isolation is disappearing as governments and businesses prepare to exploit its return to global respectability. 

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 3
Bulletins - April 20, 2015
 

Targeting the Islamic State's antiquities trade;
Boko Haram's youngest victims;
The Islamic state's Ba'athist roots;
The Islam state and Russia 

 
Eurasia Security Watch - No. 336
Bulletins - April 15, 2015
 

Erdogan visits Iran;
Amid Yemen crisis, Egypt vows to protect Arab gulf;
Iraqi Kurds to cooperate with Baghdad on combating ISIS;
New domestic security law for Turkey 

 
Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 155
Bulletins - April 13, 2015
 

Iran, P5+1 strike tentative nuclear deal...;
...but is there a meeting of the minds?;
Hedging on verification in Tehran;
Mixed reaction in the Middle East;