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Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2166
Bulletins - November 28, 2017
 

Russia's media blacklist takes shape;
Another presidential contender rises... maybe

 
Iran Strategy Brief No. 9: Targeting Iran's Revolutionary Guards
Policy Papers - October 19, 2017
 

The passage this summer of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, a wide-ranging legislative package that imposed new economic pressure on Russia, Iran and North Korea, reignited the debate over U.S. policy toward the Islamic Republic. The relevant provisions of the Act require the White House, pursuant to Executive Order No. 13224, to formally designate the totality of Iran’s clerical army, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), as a terrorist organization by no later than October 31st of this year. In his October 13th speech on Iran policy, President Trump confirmed that he will do so...

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 18
Bulletins - July 25, 2017
 

Bionic spy dragonfly;
With an eye on Russia, U.S. focuses on electronic warfare;
A military focus on electromagnetic weapons;
Navy rail gun almost ready to launch;
Prepping for space warfare

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2144
Bulletins - July 20, 2017
 

European sanctions renewed, as Turkey expands energy ties;
A farewell to Kislyak

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2127
Bulletins - April 18, 2017
 

Political repression on the rise in Crimea;
A new way to expand Russia's citizenry

 
Will Trump Fire Back At Iran?
Articles - February 1, 2017
 

On Sunday, Iran reportedly test-fired a Khorramshahr medium-range ballistic missile from a test site near Semnan, 140 miles east of Tehran. Iran began production of what it calls the "high-precision" weapon in 2016. The missile flew 600 miles before detonating in what U.S. officials called a "failed test of a reentry vehicle." 

 
Iran Strategy Brief No. 8: Iranian Ideology after the Nuclear Deal
Policy Papers - January 11, 2017
 
The Obama administration’s Iran policy has been driven by the conviction that reaching a deal with Iran over its nuclear weapons program would constitute a historic diplomatic breakthrough, lead to a fundamental transformation in U.S.-Iranian relations, and prompt significant changes in the Islamic Republic’s international behavior. This view was apparently based on a belief that American opposition to Iran’s policies played a critical role in perpetuating Tehran’s destabilizing activities, and that pursuing a rapprochement with the Islamic Republic could consequently lead to more moderate policies.
 
Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 170
Bulletins - December 5, 2016
 

Single in Tehran;
The regime turns on its own;
An Israeli strike, back on the table;
Iran's newest weapon;
Iran's naval ambitions, revisited

 
China Reform Monitor - No. 1241
Bulletins - September 6, 2016
 

China-DPRK trade gets boost after THAAD announcement;
Indonesia hardens line on South China Sea territories

 
China Reform Monitor - No. 1241
Bulletins - July 6, 2016
 

 

China-DPRK trade gets boost after THAAD announcement;
Indonesia hardens line on South China Sea territories

 

 

 
China Reform Monitor - No. 1241
Bulletins - July 6, 2016
 

 

China-DPRK trade gets boost after THAAD announcement;
Indonesia hardens line on South China Sea territories

 

 

 
Global Islamism Monitor - No. 24
Bulletins - June 6, 2016
 

Palestinian terror groups eye drone warfare;
The Kosovo crucible;
Al-Qaeda's new method of economic warfare;
Rising terrorist activity within the United States;
For ISIS, necessity is the mother of invention;
Walling off Jordan

 
Defense Technology Monitor - No. 2
Bulletins - March 3, 2016
 

U.S. space dominance a double edged sword;
The Air Force's new cyber shield;
All eyes on electronic warfare;
China pushing new boundaries with its drones

 

 
A Nuclear Deal with Iran: Managing the Consequences
Policy Papers - October 7, 2015
 

The announcement of a nuclear deal in July 2015 brought to a close nearly two years of intensive negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 powers (the U.S., UK, France, Russia, China and Germany). It also ushered in a new — and arguably more challenging — phase of American policy in the Middle East...


 
America's Good News Energy Story
Articles - April 29, 2015
 

The United States is beginning to realize the strategic benefits of the fracking revolution. And they just keep growing. 

This week at the IHS CERAWeek energy summit in Texas, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz said that the United States anticipated "becoming big players" in the global liquefied natural gas market and that "there's a good chance that we will be LNG exporters on the scale of Qatar," which he noted was the world's largest LNG exporter. 

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1948
Bulletins - January 9, 2015
 

New signs of life among the Russian opposition;
Moscow maintains focus on nuke modernization, and the Arctic

 

 

 
Despite Sanctions, Iran's Money Flow Continues
Articles - June 25, 2013
 

The United States and Europe are failing to use a tool already in their possession that would deliver a knockout blow to Iran's nuclear program. It isn't a new piece of computer malware or a bomb. The group that would accomplish the mission isn't the Pentagon or the European Union—it's the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, or Swift.

 
Redrawing Syria's Red Line
Articles - May 1, 2013
 

For better or worse, governments tend to be defined by their handling of foreign crises. Weather one well, and you project an image of strong, principled leadership, much like the way Margaret Thatcher's government managed its dispute with Argentina over the Falkland Islands. Dither or delay, and you telegraph an air of provocative weakness. (Think Jimmy Carter and Iran.)

 
Overlooked Middle East Crises
Articles - April 23, 2013
 

These days, American policy toward the Middle East tends to be dominated by two regional crises.

The first is the long-running showdown with Iran over its nuclear program. Despite mounting Western financial pressure, the Islamic republic shows no signs of changing course. To the contrary, Iran’s leaders have defiantly tightened their fiscal belts and redoubled their efforts to cross the nuclear Rubicon. Meanwhile, negotiations between Tehran and the West have concluded predictably, without any tangible progress on bringing the Iranian regime’s nuclear ambitions to heel.

 
Why North Korea's Missile Launch Matters
Articles - December 21, 2012
 

North Korea's successful use last week of a long-range rocket to launch a satellite into orbit has catapulted the Asian rogue state back into the international spotlight. It also has brought back the global danger posed by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea into sharp focus.

 
U.S. Sanctions Push Iran To Foreign Meddling
Articles - November 27, 2012
 

There's a tried-and-true rule in politics that, when there's trouble at home, it's time to look abroad. The Iranian regime is proving to be no exception to this axiom; as its economic fortunes have dimmed as a result of widening Western sanctions, the Iranian regime has ramped up its interference throughout the Middle East.

 
Blacklist The United Arab Emirates
Articles - November 6, 2012
 

The security of many countries is being endangered by the United Arab Emirates, a confederation of seven small states located in the Arabian Peninsula. Usually considered a Western ally, this false friend also serves as a regional financial hub for mob figures, arms dealers, drug traffickers, jihadis, and rogue regimes. The White House and the Financial Action Task Force—set up by the G7 to combat money laundering and terrorism financing—have so far failed to take action to stop this emerging threat.

 
Seeing Sanctions Straight
Articles - October 3, 2012
 

When it comes to American policy toward the Islamic Republic of Iran, one approach has tended to crowd out all others. Over time, economic sanctions have come to be seen as something of a catch-all—a panacea of sorts for the West's nagging problem with the Iranian regime and its persistent nuclear ambitions. As a result, policymakers in Washington, as well as their counterparts across the Atlantic, have invested tremendous time and energy in crafting an elaborate framework of economic pressure against the Iranian regime.

 
A flimsy U.S. sanctions policy toward Iran
Articles - September 26, 2012
 

Recent revelations from the International Atomic Energy Agency that Iran has both continued and expanded its uranium enrichment activities have focused attention anew on U.S. policy toward the Islamic Republic — and what more can be done to stop Iran’s march toward the bomb.

 
Post-Election, Iran Could Become Obama’s Decision
Articles - September 6, 2012
 

For the moment, let's set aside the friction in U.S.-Israeli relations over Iran's nuclear program, which serves neither Washington nor Jerusalem.

 
The Economics Of Attacking Iran
Articles - August 21, 2012
 

Will Israel, in fact, attack Iran? That question, a perennial one in the debate over Iran's nuclear program, has gained far greater urgency of late, as it is becoming increasingly clear that Western sanctions have failed to alter the Islamic Republic's strategic trajectory.

 
Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 122
Bulletins - August 10, 2012
 

Deepening economic malaise at home...; ...and an energy lifeline in Asia

 
Eurasia Security Watch - No. 263
Bulletins - July 13, 2012
 

King Abdullah takes another stab at reform; Egyptian power struggle intensifies; Free Syrian army requests international intervention; The Palestinian Authority's (ongoing) financial crisis

 
China Reform Monitor - No. 978
Bulletins - July 10, 2012
 

Washington grants China a waiver from Iran sanctions;
China Defense Minister opposes DPRK provocations

 
Inflation And Iran's Regime
Articles - July 6, 2012
 

Europe and the U.S. may be in grim economic straits, but the Islamic Republic of Iran is doing just fine—at least if Iran's leaders are to be believed. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has insisted relentlessly that his country's economy is healthy, while Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has christened the current Iranian calendar year as the "Year of Domestic Production and Support for Iranian Capital and Labor."

 
Eurasia Security Watch - No. 262
Bulletins - July 3, 2012
 

Questions remain about Morsi's authority; Turkey contemplates options after Syria downs warplane; Where have all the Kyrgyz children gone; U.S., Israel to hold 'dress rehearsal' for potential military conflict with Iran

 
Iran Democracy Monitor - No. 121
Bulletins - July 3, 2012
 

The logic behind the IRGC's expanding empire; Iran struggles with addiction; Iran bolsters naval capabilities...; ...As regional neighbors scramble to adapt; Iran's latest ploy to skirt sanctions

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1787
Bulletins - June 29, 2012
 

Rights council resigns en masse;
Former finance minister: economic problems on the horizon

 
Eurasia Security Watch - No. 261
Bulletins - June 27, 2012
 

The failed UN Syria mission; The house of Saud names a new crown prince; Palestinian anti-corruption court: a step forward or a political ploy?; Is the Assad regime beginning to crack?

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1785
Bulletins - June 21, 2012
 

Ahead of nuclear parlay, Putin and Ahmadinejad find common cause;
Battle lines drawn between Kremlin, opposition forces

 
Why Iran Covets Brazil
Articles - June 20, 2012
 

On Wednesday, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad touched down in Brazil for his first state visit to the South American nation since 2009. The ostensible reason is to attend the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development, a high-profile gathering of more than 100 heads of state taking place in Rio de Janeiro. But high on Ahmadinejad’s priority list is an important bit of diplomacy: reinvigorating the once-robust ties between Tehran and Brasilia. For Iran, Brazil is a potential economic lifeline in the face of mounting international pressure.

 
Russia Reform Monitor - No. 1784
Bulletins - June 14, 2012
 
Russian Orthodox Church backs the Syrian status quo;
The Duma take a stand against new assembly law - albeit briefly
 
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.


Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/04/26/146829/bold-action-in-syria-now-will.html#storylink=cpy
 
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.

 
Dim Prospects For Diplomacy With Iran
Articles - April 12, 2012
 

Tomorrow, the United States and its fellow members of the “P5+1” (Russia, China, France, England and Germany) will sit down once again with Iran for what has been billed as the Islamic Republic’s “last chance” to come to terms with the West regarding its nuclear ambitions. The likely outcome of those talks, however, is already within view—and it is far from encouraging.

 
A Crack In Europe’s Consensus On Iran
Articles - April 8, 2012
 

Since the start of the year, mounting concern over Iran's nuclear ambitions has translated into a serious economic offensive on the part of the European Union. Back in January, the European Commission voted on a series of punitive economic measures against Iran, chief among them a pledge by member states to cease imports of oil from the Islamic Republic by mid-summer.

 
Eurasia Security Watch - No. 255
Bulletins - March 9, 2012
 

 Saudi-Iraq embrace; Tajikistan feeling social media heat; Rare protest victory in Azerbaijan; Finding common ground on Iran