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Backsliding in Beijing
Articles - June 14, 2012

After early signs it might try to exert pressure on Iran, China seems to be easing up. Unfortunately for the West, all roads lead through Beijing.

In Negotiating Over Nukes, Iran Holds The Upper Hand
Articles - June 1, 2012

When it comes to international diplomacy, success tends to be in the eye of the beholder. That’s certainly been the case in the latest bout of negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program.

Global sanctions on Iran are working; relaxing them now would be foolhardy
Articles - May 31, 2012

Calls to ease sanctions on Iran to spur global negotiations over its nuclear program will backfire, making a deal far less likely and greatly raising the risk of an Israeli military strike to cripple the program.

To its proponents, sanctions-easing is a necessary confidence-boosting measure to assure Iran that the United States and the other "P5+1" negotiators - Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China - want a deal.

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1779
Bulletins - May 17, 2012

Kremlin targets social vices with new taxes;

USTR takes aim at Russian intellectual property threat
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1777
Bulletins - April 30, 2012

An unlikely champion for Russia's opposition;

Kremlin jitters over post-Coalition Afghanistan
Missile Defense Briefing Report - No. 297
Bulletins - April 30, 2012

A step backward for North Korea; Potential Asian missile shield irks China...; ...As Seoul flirts with participation; Russian missiles in Kaliningrad?

Bold action in Syria now will save U.S. tons of grief in the Mideast later
Articles - April 26, 2012

As Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad continues his slaughter, the issue is not whether more forceful U.S. action to stop him is risk-free.

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Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 119
Bulletins - April 25, 2012

Iran combats mounting sanctions with cash payouts...; ...But domestic discontent continues to deepen; Iran ramps up its war on drugs; After the coalition, Iraqi insurgents focus on Iran; Iranian regime seeks help censoring the internet

Courting 'financial pariah' status
Articles - April 13, 2012

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) was established by the G7 in 1989 to combat money laundering and terrorism finance.

Being on the FATF "high-risk" country list may not sound terrible but, in some circles, it is akin to being labelled a financial pariah.

How Moscow Is Helping To Solve The Iran Problem
Articles - April 12, 2012

Though news reports generally give a very different impression, Russia is actually playing a constructive role in dealing with the multifaceted issue of Iran's nuclear program. One hint came last month, when Russia's second-largest financial institution closed the accounts of Iran's embassy in Moscow. While given little attention by the media on either side of the Atlantic, this move signals the Kremlin's willingness to confront Iran on its march toward nuclearization.