Iran

Atomizing Iran: Eisenhower and the Bomb

“The gravity of the time is such that every new avenue of peace, no matter how dimly discernible, should be explored.”

—Dwight D. Eisenhower, Address to the UN General Assembly, December 8, 1953

 

'America Alone' on the Iran Nuclear Deal?

Does President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal mean "America first" or "America alone"? What will be the immediate and long range implications?  Robert Litwak, Senior Vice President and Director of International Security Studies at the Wilson Center, provides analysis in this edition of TRENDING.

Wilson Center Experts Offer Critical Insight on Iran Nuclear Deal

Following President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, Wilson Center experts with  deep knowledge of nuclear negotiations, Iran and regional dynamics, and U.S. foreign policy are available for interviews and briefings.

Contact Ryan McKenna, Media Relations Manager, at (202) 691-4217 or ryan.mckenna@wilsoncenter.org.

Decision Point: Iran, the Nuclear Deal, and Regional Stability

President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement will have far reaching implications for U.S. policy; the trans-Atlantic alliance; non-proliferation efforts; and even on regional stability -- particularly in the Israeli-Lebanese-Iranian-Syrian arena. Indeed, those implications may go far in defining the U.S. posture in the region for years to come.

Four veteran analysts and policy advisers on the Middle East assessed the implications of the president’s decision, including on U.S. foreign policy in the region at large.

Confronting the Iranian Challenge: Jane Harman Testifies Before House Foreign Affairs Committee

Ahead of President Trump’s looming deadline for certification of the Iran nuclear deal, Jane Harman testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the strategy and the stakes. 

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Part 2: Pro-Iran Militias in Iraq

By Garrett Nada and Mattisan Rowan 

 

Since 2003, Iranian influence has deepened in Iraq through a wide array of Shiite militias. Several militia leaders and politicians spent years in exile in Tehran during Saddam Hussein’s reign in the 1980s and 1990s. One of Iraq’s most powerful armed groups, the Badr Organization, was formed in 1982 by Iraqi exiles to fight Hussein with the support of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). 

Part 1: Iran's Role in Iraq

Iran has emerged as the most influential foreign player in Iraq since U.S.-led forces toppled Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2003. Iran and Iraq are Shiite-majority countries that share centuries-deep cultural and religious ties — and a 900-mile border. The Islamic Republic has used these advantages to permeate Iraq’s political, security, economic, and religious spheres.

In Iran Contra's Cold War Shadows: A Correspondent's Murder, a Senator's Anger, a Mercenary's Secret

Photos courtesy San Diego State University Network Television News Archive.

His hands bound, the American stood between two military guards as a Nicaraguan judge approached, stepping over metal debris strewn across the jungle floor.

Pointing to the twisted fuselage of a downed C-123 cargo plane, the judge asked, in halting English, "Is this the craft your Imperialist superiors sent you with weapons to destroy the people’s government of Nicaragua?"

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