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An IRGC Raad air defense system on display in Tehran on Sept. 21, 2012. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Did Iran Sanctions Make the Revolutionary Guard Stronger?

Sanctions regimes aren't simple, and they only work when their negative secondary effects do not outweigh their primary achievements.

President Donald Trump in the Oval Office on Oct. 13. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

The Slippery ‘Spirit’ of Nixing the Iran Deal

Obama's JCPOA terms actually give the White House sound legal footing for decertification. But now Trump owns the consequences.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses the parliament in Tehran on Aug. 15. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

If the U.S. Reimposes Sanctions on Iran, Allies Will Follow

Cry as they might along the way, no European or Asian corporation is going to choose a terrorist regime over access to the U.S. dollar. 

An Iranian woman walks past a mural depicting a revolver bearing the colours of the US national flag and spread on the wall of the former US embassy in Tehran, on September 2, 2015, during the inauguration ceremony of a memorial plaque bearing one hundred anti-American comments made by the Islamic republic's late founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini outside the embassy. The leader of the Islamic revolution dubbed the United States the "Great Satan" on account of its policies and support for Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last royal ruler before the Islamic republic was founded. AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE        (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran Nuclear Deal Critics Push Plan for ‘Global Economic Embargo’

Memo outlines a “21st century financial version of Kennedy’s Cuba quarantine.”

TEHRAN, IRAN - NOVEMBER 3:  Iranians burn a U.S. flag outside the former U.S. Embassy at a gathering to mark the 25th anniversary of the seizure of the U.S. Embassy on November 3, 2004 in Tehran, Iran. Militant students stormed the U.S. embassy on November 4, 1979, and held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days. (Photo by Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)

Trump Slaps Sanctions on Iran While Keeping Nuclear Deal in Place — for Now

White House reluctantly certifies Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal, while hitting Tehran with fresh sanctions

An Iranian man stands in front of placards showing a caricature of US President Donald Trump being punched by a hand wearing a bracelet of the Iranian flag during a rally marking the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution on February 10, 2017, in the capital Tehran.
Millions of Iranians marched on the anniversary day in what President Hassan Rouhani described as a response to the new US administration and a rejection of "threatening language". / AFP / ATTA KENARE        (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Incoherent Iran Policy Could End the Nuke Deal on the Worst Possible Terms

Trump has no clear agenda or policies of his own, and in their absence he is simply trying to tear down Obama’s key domestic and foreign policy achievements, with little understanding or care for what might replace them.

HAMBURG, GERMANY - JULY 14:  A partially-finished passenger plane of the A320 series stands in an assembly hall at the Airbus factory on July 14, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. Both Boeing and Airbus saw their 2nd quarter deliveries of completed aircraft fall by 8% and 7% respectively compared to one year ago.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

If Trump Is Serious About Curbing Iran, He’ll Kill Boeing’s Plan to Sell It Planes

The more Iran’s economy is bolstered by large-scale Western business deals, the harder it will be for the United States to deploy sanctions effectively.

An Airbus A321 airliner arrives at the Mehrabad international airport during the delivery of the first batch of planes to the Iranian state airline Iran Air in the  capital Tehran on Jaunary 12, 2017.
The aircraft arrived as part of an order for 100 other Airbus planes with a list price of around $20 billion (19 billion euros) on December 22, placed after the lifting of international sanctions on the Islamic republic. It will be used for internal flights landed at Tehran's Mehrabad airport. / AFP / ATTA KENARE        (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

Boeing’s Iran Deal Puts Trump in Tough Spot

Boeing’s agreement to sell planes to Iran forces Trump to choose between two campaign promises.

QOM, IRAN:  Iranian clergymen watch a Shahab-3 long-range ballistic missile fird by Iran's Revolutionary Guards in the desert outside the holy city of Qom, 02 November 2006. The Islamic republic fired its longer-range missile on exercise for the first time today as it began 10 days of war games amid a mounting standoff with the West over its nuclear programme. The hardline Revolutionary Guards fired the missiles, which have a range of up to 2,000 kilometres (1,200 miles) -- sufficient to threaten US bases in the Gulf -- during the first phase of the manoeuvres in the central desert, state television reported.  AFP PHOTO/FARS NEWS  (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Keeps the Iran Deal Alive, For Now

The U.S. renews sanctions relief for Iran even as it imposes new penalties in a ‘waive-and-slap” policy.

An Iranian military truck carries parts of the S300 missile system during the annual military parade marking the anniversary of the start of Iran's 1980-1988 war with Iraq, on September 21, 2016, in the capital Tehran. / AFP / CHAVOSH HOMAVANDI        (Photo credit should read CHAVOSH HOMAVANDI/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Mulls Squeezing Iran With Tougher Sanctions

The White House is considering ramping up existing sanctions to hold Tehran’s feet to the fire.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) shakes hands on January 14, 2015 with US State Secretary John Kerry in Geneva. Zarif said on January 14 that his meeting with his US counterpart was vital for progress on talks on Tehran's contested nuclear drive. Under an interim deal agreed in November 2013, Iran's stock of fissile material has been diluted from 20 percent enriched uranium to five percent, in exchange for limited sanctions relief.   AFP PHOTO / POOL / RICK WILKING        (Photo credit should read RICK WILKING/AFP/Getty Images)

Dear Senators: Push Back Against Iran, but Not at the Expense of the Nuclear Deal

Members of Congress considering new Iran sanctions legislation should have open eyes regarding the Trump administration's attitude toward the nuclear deal.

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A Turkish Banker’s Arrest Puts Spotlight on Erdogan’s Circle at Awkward Time

The U.S. arrested the Turkish executive and charged him with colluding in a multimillion-dollar scheme to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions.

A S-200 surface-to-air missile is driven past Iranian military commanders during the annual military parade marking the anniversary of the start of Iran's 1980-1988 war with Iraq, on September 22, 2015, in the capital Tehran.  AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE        (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

Congress Issues a Warning to Iran and a Rebuff to the Obama Administration

Senators unanimously extend sanctions on Iran in a symbolic message to Tehran, ending a tentative thaw in U.S relations.

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