Iran News

An Opportunity to Pressure the Assad Government

Feb 23, 2012
The recent peaceful transfer of power in Yemen might provide an example of how the U.S. and the international community could stem violence in Syria and remove Bashar al-Assad from power, Wilson Center President Jane Harman tells MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell.

Latin American Program in the News: Menendez warns of Iran’s outreach to Latin America

Feb 23, 2012
Tensions over Iran's presence and influence over Latin America arise after the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee hearing on the Iranian government’s activities in the Western hemisphere.

Iran's Apparent Rebuff Risks Escalating Nuclear Tension

Feb 22, 2012
IAEA inspectors were unable to visit Iran’s controversial Parchin nuclear facility despite “intensive efforts” to include the site on a recent itinerary, Wilson Center expert Michael Adler writes in The Daily Beast. Characterizing the omission as a rebuff, Adler says it could ratchet up concerns in the international community that Iran is exploring the use of nuclear technology in military applications.

Wilson Expert: Military Strike No 'Silver Bullet' Against Iran Nuclear Capability

Feb 21, 2012
Distinguished Scholar Aaron David Miller international pressure on Iran over its nuclear program and the possibility of an Israeli strike against Iran on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports.

Iran's Offer to Talk About Its Nuclear Program Eases Tension For Now

Feb 21, 2012
“Iran showed this week that it has a policy every bit as dual track as the one the United States is pursuing against it,” writes Public Policy Scholar Michael Adler. “In a dramatic gesture, Iran stepped away from warnings of military retaliation to offer talks on a nuclear program Washington fears could lead to the bomb for the Islamic Republic.”

Latin American Program in the News: US Senators Warn Latin America on Iran Ties

Feb 17, 2012
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Global Narcotics Affairs held a hearing on February 16, 2012 on Iran’s relationship and influence in Latin America. Director Cynthia J. Arnson was among the witnesses.
Trita Parsi

Iran-U.S. Ties Fray on Nuclear Concerns

Feb 08, 2012
The threat of military confrontation between Iran and the U.S. is real, as bilateral relations touch a low point on Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon, says Trita Parsi, founder of the National Iranian American Council. A former Wilson Center public policy scholar, Parsi questions whether efforts to negotiate and engage with Iran have hastened conflict, making war a more real risk than under the Bush administration, which employed a more hardline approach to Iran.
Bushehr nuclear power plant

Efforts to Stop Iran from Developing a Nuclear Bomb

Feb 06, 2012
"A unilateral Israeli strike is possible but it is not probable," Public Policy Scholar Aaron David Miller tells NPR's The Diane Rehm Show. "This is still a war of discretion when it comes to Israeli calculations...the risks and consequences of an Israeli attack right now are still extremely sketchy." Miller was also joined by USIP-Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar Robin Wright to discuss diplomatic efforts to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons and the possibility of armed conflict.
Iran nuclear plant

'Noose Tightening' Around Iranian Government as European Union Boycott Iranian Oil

Jan 25, 2012
Embargoes on Iranian oil exports are having the desired effect, but military options should still remain on the table to deter Tehran from pursuing a nuclear weapon, Jane Harman, director, president, and CEO of The Wilson Center told FoxNews on Tuesday. “The escalating rhetoric from Iran is proof that the sanctions are biting,” Harman said, noting a recent European Union boycott of Iranian oil. “All of this means that the noose is tightening around the Iranian government.” Harman stressed sanctions are aimed at dissuading Tehran from pursuing a nuclear weapon. “The goal of these efforts is not to hurt the Iranian people but to get the government to abandon its potential nuclear ambitions,” she said.
Bushehr nuclear power plant

Serious Concerns Shroud Iran’s Nuclear Program

Nov 09, 2011
The United States has already signaled that it will use the IAEA report in its continuing campaign to get tougher sanctions against Iran to force it to negotiate on its nuclear ambitions, says Public Policy Scholar Michael Adler. Washington wants to increase international pressure now that it has a documented report from the U.N. nuclear watchdog that Iran has done much more to obtain nuclear weapons than was previously known.

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