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A picture taken on July 25, 2017 shows Sudanese patients waiting in a hallway at the Radiation and Isotopes Centre in  Khartoum.
In Sudan access to drugs and treatment was impaired by U.S. sanctions.

Lifting Sanctions Isn’t as Simple as It Sounds

Financial wars damage and disfigure economies as much as military ones. Countries ravaged by sanctions need reconstruction, too.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif gestures during a press conference in Tehran on Feb. 13. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran’s Foreign Minister Is Staying, but That Doesn’t Mean He’s Won the Battle of Ideas

Javad Zarif’s gambit paid off, but his attempt to be a bridge between Tehran and the West has become virtually impossible in the Trump era.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif checks his watch during a press conference in Tehran on Feb. 13. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Is Time Up for Zarif?

The foreign minister’s fall from grace was a long time coming.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as he waits for the start of a meeting with P5+1, European Union, and Iranian officials at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland, on March 30, 2015, during Iran nuclear talks. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Will Iran Lose Its Last Link to the West?

If accepted, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s resignation may open the door to a new Iranian radicalism.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks at a press conference in New York on Sept. 26. (Jim Watson/ AFP)

Iran Was Closer to a Nuclear Bomb Than Intelligence Agencies Thought

If Tehran pulls out of the 2015 deal, it could have a weapon in a matter of months.

Wendy Sherman, the U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs, sits next to (from left) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Robert Malley from the U.S. National Security Council, and European Union representative Helga Schmid during a negotiation session with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif over Iran's nuclear program in Lausanne, Switzerland, on March 20, 2015. (Brian Snyder/AFP/Getty Images)

In Negotiations With Iran, ‘There’s Always One More Thing’

On the podcast: Wendy Sherman recounts the grueling path to the Iran nuclear deal.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini during a meeting at the European Union Headquarters in Brussels on May 25, 2017.

How Trump Can Get a Better Deal on Iran

The United States needs to keep Europe on board, go beyond sanctions, and ensure lasting bipartisan support for its new policy.

Members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) march during a military parade in Tehran on Sept. 22.(STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Tougher U.S. Sanctions Will Enrich Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

As the economic noose tightens on the Iranian economy, smugglers will thrive and the IRGC will be the first to profit.

A man passes a mural painted on the wall of the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, on May 9, 2018. (Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Iran Hawks Could Make a Bad Situation Worse

More pressure on Tehran won’t work. Here’s what Trump should really do.

Ali Akbar Velayati, chief foreign policy advisor to Iran's supreme leader, disembarks from his plane upon his arrival in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on November 7, 2017. (GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Man Who Actually Runs Iran’s Foreign Policy

Tehran’s course is set by a shadowy figure behind the scenes—not the leaders who talk to the West.

Iranians walk past a mural in Tehran on Aug. 8. (Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Here’s How Trump Can Bring Iran Back to the Table

Maximum financial pressure might be enough to force new nuclear talks.

A man withdraws Iranian rials from an ATM in Tehran on July 31. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Ordinary Iranians Will Suffer, but Regime Insiders Will Profit

On our podcast: Journalist Jason Rezaian recalls life in Iran under sanctions.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves to members of the public from his car in the Presidential convoy on August 4, 2010 in Hamadan, Iran. (Photo by Iranian President's Office via Getty Images)

The Reincarnation of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

The former president was excommunicated from Iran’s political elite—but he’s using grassroots economic populism to revive his career.

An Iranian military truck carries missiles past a portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a parade on the occasion of the country's annual army day on April 18, 2018 in Tehran.

How to Strike a Missile Deal With Iran

Tehran will never give up all of its ballistic missiles, but a compromise is possible.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on May 24. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

How Far Is Trump Willing to Go to Change Iran’s Behavior?

The Trump Team has shown its commitment to curbing Tehran — but remains stingy with the details.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Heritage Foundation in Washington on May 21. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Pompeo’s Iran Plan Is a Pipe Dream

The Trump team doesn’t have a post-nuke deal strategy — just a list of demands.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a memorandum that reinstates sanctions on Iran after announcing his decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal, at the White House on May 8. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The United States Finally Has an Aggressive Plan to Defang Iran

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has an impressive strategy to counter Tehran and break free from two decades of failed U.S. policy.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a memorandum reinstating sanctions on Iran at the White House on May 8. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Here’s What Trump Should Do Post-Nuke Deal

The United States must explain to its allies how withdrawing from the Iran deal fits into a larger strategy for the Middle East.

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