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Iran

Why Won’t Washington Speak Out About the Latest Crisis in Iran?

Victoria Coates

National Review

November 27, 2021

 

Bottom Line: Victoria Coates asks why the Biden administration–which has claimed to put human rights and climate issues at the center of its foreign policy–has failed to speak out over Tehran’s crackdown on protests against egregious environmental mismanagement which has left much of the country in a dangerous state of drought.

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Iran

How America Lost Its Leverage on Iran

Richard Goldberg

Foundation for Defense of Democracies

November 23, 2021

 

Bottom Line: TVC Advisory Board member Richard Goldberg argues that Congress has a unique opportunity to show bipartisan unity in the name of national security by passing legislation to reinforce sanctions until Iran gives up its nuclear program and sponsorship of terrorist organizations.

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Iran

Iran’s Nuclear Choices and Ours

Richard Haass

Project Syndicate

November 17, 2021

 

Bottom Line: While many welcome the resumption of nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna this month, it is time to face the fact that they are unlikely to succeed and formal diplomacy may have to be supplanted by more coercive means to prevent a nuclear Iran.

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Iran

‘Less for More’ Is the Worst Deal of All

Jacob Nagel & Mark Dubowitz

Newsweek

November 8, 2021

 

Bottom Line: TVC Advisory Board member Mark Dubowitz argues that the Biden administration is poised offer greater concessions to Iran in exchange for fewer constraints on the country’s nuclear program than existed in the original 2015 nuclear deal, undermining non-proliferation and regional & U.S. security.

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Iran

A Sign That Iran Is Still Pursuing Nukes

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The Dispatch

November 17, 2021

 

Bottom Line: The new head of Iran’s nuclear research institute has a long resume of service with organizations under U.S. sanctions for military nuclear activity, raising doubts about the regime’s sincerity at nuclear non-proliferation negotiations underway in Vienna.

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