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Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 189
Bulletins - October 12, 2018
 

Iran's clandestine oil trade;
An exodus of Afghans;
A media blackout on "sex tourism";
The high price of civil protest

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2253
Bulletins - September 24, 2018
 

The perils of Nord Stream 2;
Russia's sense of siege

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2251
Bulletins - September 12, 2018
 

New sanctions stagger Russian markets;
Russia's Syrian military laboratory

 
Iran Strategy Brief No. 11: Iran's Complicated Post-JCPOA Nuclear Path
Policy Papers - August 20, 2018
 

In the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s May 8th decision to formally end America’s participation in the 2015 nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), there has been significant speculation about potential responses on the part of the Iranian leadership. Iranian officials have threatened a range of possible consequences stemming from the U.S. decision, up to and including a resumption of nuclear development and associated processes by their government...

 
Can Iran Wait Out Trump's Pressure Campaign?
Articles - August 8, 2018
 

U.S. foreign policy toward Iran is approaching a "back to the future" moment, with the Trump White House resurrecting the strategy pursued by President George W. Bush (and, for a while, President Barack Obama) of pressuring Iran economically into abandoning its nuclear pursuits.

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2230
Bulletins - July 9, 2018
 

Putin's plans for Syria;
Washington's "good cop, bad cop" routine

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2214
Bulletins - May 16, 2018
 

Tit-for-tat economic sanctions from Russia;
Target: Telegram

 
Scrapping Iran Deal Provides A Trump Card With North Korea
Articles - May 16, 2018
 

The political left is aghast over President Donald Trump's decision last week to abrogate the Iran nuclear deal. Among proponents of the 2015 agreement with Iran's ayatollahs engineered by the Obama White House, Trump's pullout was condemned as ill-advised for a host of reasons, not least because it complicates America's planned negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. After all, these critics argue, why would Pyongyang trust a Washington that doesn't honor its international obligations?

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2213
Bulletins - May 15, 2018
 

New U.S. sanctions begin to bite;
Russia frustrates response to Syrian atrocities

 
The End Of The JCPOA Era
Articles - May 10, 2018
 

It's official: the Iran nuclear deal is dead.

On May 8th, in a nationally televised address, President Trump announced that his administration was withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). By doing so, the White House has effectively killed the signature foreign policy achievement of the Obama era.