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U.S. Policy Toward Iran: Strategic Options

National Security / Research May 14, 2018

A new report from the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Task Force on Managing Disorder in the Middle East offers three strategic policy options for the United States to address Iran’s destabilizing regional behavior.

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Potential Blindspot for U.S. in Embassy Move to Jerusalem: Turkey-Israel Relations

National Security / Blog March 23, 2018

If the embassy move opens a new rift between Turkey and Israel – two longtime American allies in the region – it will be a setback for U.S. interests.

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Iran’s IRGC in U.S. Sanctions Spotlight

Jessica Michek / Blog October 26, 2017

When President Trump recently outlined his administration’s approach to Iran, he called for addressing “the full range of Iran’s destructive actions” beyond just the nuclear issue. The first step was calling on Treasury to further sanction the entire Islamic Revolutionary…

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BPC’s Nick Danforth: Are Kurds more like Jews or Palestinians? It depends on whom you ask.

National Security / News September 25, 2017

Today, Iraqi Kurds are going to the polls to decide whether to seek independence from Iraq.

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After Iran Vote, Time For Action

National Security / Press Release September 15, 2015

BPC estimates that after 15 years, Iran will be able to sprint to a nuclear weapon in as little as three weeks. But it does buy time.

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Turkey: An Increasingly Undependable Ally

National Security / Research April 23, 2015

As the United States deals with an unraveling Middle East, Turkey is largely absent, at best, or directly undermining U.S. interests, at worst.

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State of the Union Against a Nuclear Iran

Blaise Misztal / Blog January 21, 2015

Preventing a nuclear Iran is one of the major national security challenges facing the United States for all the reasons the president listed in his speech.

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9 attempts to explain the crazy complexity of the Middle East

National Security / News October 1, 2014

The religious, social and political cleavages of the region are myriad and hard to succinctly sum up. How do you untangle the Israeli-Palestinian situation, or explain the divide between Sunni Islam and Shia Islam, or square those who favor political Islam with those who favor secular government? Where do other religious and political minorities fit in? And where do big powers outside the region, most obviously the United States, exert influence?

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Should the U.S. Be Most Worried About ISIS, or Some Other Threat?

National Security / News September 22, 2014

Everybody agrees ISIS is a problem for the United States, and the news coverage has put a tremendous focus on the group. But this weekend, some light was shined on the question of whether the group that calls itself the Islamic State is the biggest threat…

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What’s Next for the CrISIS in Iraq?

Blaise Misztal / Blog June 19, 2014

On June 17, BPC hosted a conversation on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and the regional implications of Iraqi and Syrian instability.

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