Iran

USIP conducts ongoing research and policy analysis on major developments in Iran, which is available on The Iran Primer website. USIP experts also provide regular briefings for Congressional staffers and officials at the Department of State and other branches of the U.S. government.

Iran Sanctions: What the U.S. Cedes in a Nuclear Deal

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 09:30
Tue, 07/08/2014 - 11:00

The last event in our three-part series addressed the complex questions and challenges of sanctions in the Iran nuclear talks.

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Since 2006, the United States has imposed more sanctions on Iran than any other country, so it may have to cede the most ground to get a nuclear deal in 2014. Over the years, Republican and Democratic administrations have issued at least 16 executive orders, and Congress has passed ten acts imposing punitive sanctions. What does Tehran want? What are the six major powers considering as incentives to cooperate? What isn’t on the table? The White House and Congress have imposed their own types of sanctions. What would either need to do to lift them?

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Inside Iran

Thu, 01/09/2014 - 09:30
Thu, 01/09/2014 - 11:00
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With Robin Wright and David Ignatius

Two long-time Middle East experts have recently returned from Iran. Their discussions with cabinet members, ayatollahs, hardliners, Members of Parliament, economists, opposition figures and ordinary Iranians offer rare insights into Iran’s increasingly vibrant political scene since President Rouhani took office and the implications of the new nuclear agreement. Robin Wright and David Ignatius offer fresh perspectives on what’s next.

Please join us for a moderated discussion on these and other issues important to Iran, its internal politics, and its relations with the world. Join the conversation on Twitter with #InsideIran.

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China Has Peaked as a Challenger to U.S. Power, Former Secretary of State Shultz Says

While China continues to grow as an economy and a military and political power, its overall influence relative to the United States has passed its peak, former Secretary of State George Shultz said at the U.S. Institute of Peace January 30. As China’s population ages, fewer working-age people must support a larger aged and dependent populace. “I think China, in relation to the U.S., has already reached its peak,” Shultz said in offering the Institute’s annual Dean Acheson Lecture.

'The reality is you have to conduct a global diplomacy—the United States does. You have to be everywhere.' --George Shultz

James Rupert
Mon, 02/09/2015 - 09:28
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Managing Conflict in a World Adrift

In the midst of a political shift where power is moving from central institutions to smaller, more distributed units in the international system, the approaches to and methodologies for peacemaking are changing. "Managing Conflict in a World Adrift" provides a sobering panorama of contemporary conflict, along with innovative thinking about how to respond now that new forces and dynamics are at play.

"Managing Conflict in a World Adrift," the fourth volume in the landmark series edited by Chester A. Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson, and Pamela Aall, is the follow-on to "Leashing the Dogs of War," the definitive text on the sources of conflict and solutions for preventing and managing conflict. Forty of the most influential analysts of international affairs present varied perspectives and insightful thinking to inform a new framework for understanding current demands of conflict management.

Chester A. Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson, and Pamela Aall editors
Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:40

The Current Situation in Iran

Hassan Rouhani’s upset victory in the June 2013 presidential election created great expectations of change. The new centrist president pledged to resolve the nuclear dispute, improve Iran’s relations with the outside world, revitalize the economy, and encourage a more open society. In November 2013, the Islamic Republic reached an interim nuclear agreement with the world’s six major powers. But after more than a year of negotiations, the two sides have yet to close gaps on pivotal issues. Rouhani needs a foreign policy success to implement his domestic agenda.

USIP’s Work

USIP conducts research and policy analysis on major developments in Iran. USIP experts also provide regular briefings for Members of Congress and staff and for officials at the Department of State and other branches of the U.S. government. USIP’s recent work includes:

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 11:13
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Q&A: Iran Nuclear Talks

Talks between Iran and six major powers—the U.S., the U.K., China, France, Germany and Russia—seek a framework agreement by March 24 with technical details by June. But leaders on all sides face intense—and sometimes harrowing—domestic pressure from opponents who fear a final agreement will give away too much. Robin Wright, an author and distinguished fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, explores the dynamics of the diplomacy.

Peace Predictions: USIP Experts Consider the Year Ahead

What are the chances that the two sides will be able to meet the deadlines set out for this year?

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 11:11
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The United States Will Never Win the Propaganda War Against the Islamic State

To win hearts and minds in the Middle East, America needs to let local allies do the talking.

When Ndugwa Hassan joined his friends on July 11, 2010, at the Kyadondo Rugby Club in Kampala, Uganda, he did not know his life was about to change forever. He was there to watch the World Cup final between the Netherlands and Spain, which was being broadcast from Johannesburg; white chairs covered the rugby pitch where the crowd viewed the two teams on a giant screen.

Manal Omar
Mon, 01/12/2015 - 10:42
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Iran Sanctions and the Possible Trade-Offs for a Nuclear Deal

Over the years, Republican and Democratic administrations have issued at least 16 executive orders, and Congress has passed 10 statutes imposing punitive sanctions. What does Tehran want? What are the six major powers considering as incentives—and what isn’t on the table? What will the White House and Congress separately have to do to lift them? The following is a rundown of the panelists’ main points.

Nuclear Flashpoints: US-Iran Tensions Over Timetables and Terms

Remaining differences include: how many years an agreement would last and how long a deal would defer the time it would take for Iran to produce enough nuclear fuel for a bomb. The U.S. prefers an agreement that would cover decades, in contrast to Iran’s preferred timeline of a few years. The steps or phases of an agreement also are not yet clear, nor are requirements for Iranian or U.S. action.

Nuclear Flashpoints: U.S.-Iran Tensions Over Terms and Timetables

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 09:30
Tue, 06/10/2014 - 11:00

The second event in our three-part series explored key conflicts and possible trade offs in a final nuclear deal with Iran. 

A final deal with Iran will have to sort out a dizzying array of timetables and disparate interpretation of terms. Among them: How many years will an agreement last? Iran prefers a few; the U.S. is thinking decades. Breakout time - how long it'd take to produce enough nuclear fuel for a bomb - is now estimated to be two months; how long will a deal defer it? When will Tehran have to take what action - and in what steps or phases? And when will the U.S. have to act - and how?

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Articles & Analysis

While China continues to grow as an economy and a military and political power, its overall influence relative to the United States has passed its peak, former Secretary of State George Shultz...

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James Rupert

Talks between Iran and six major powers—the U.S., the U.K., China, France, Germany and Russia—seek a framework agreement by March...

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To win hearts and minds in the Middle East, America needs to let local allies do the talking.

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Manal Omar

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While China continues to grow as an economy and a military and political power, its overall influence relative to the United States has passed its peak, former Secretary of State George Shultz...

The last event in our three-part series addressed the complex questions and challenges of sanctions in the Iran nuclear talks.

Two long-time Middle East experts have recently returned from Iran. Their discussions with cabinet members, ayatollahs, hardliners, Members of Parliament, economists, opposition figures and...

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In the midst of a political shift where power is moving from central institutions to smaller, more distributed units in the international system, the approaches to and methodologies for peacemaking...
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Hassan Rouhani’s upset victory in the June 2013 presidential election created great expectations of change. The new centrist president pledged to resolve the nuclear dispute, improve Iran’s relations...