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A Concession That Never Was
A Concession That Never Was

How cooperative is Russia really on non-proliferation?

01/12/2014 | by Gustav Gressel | Russia, Arms Control and WMD

Russia’s “new” greater assistance for Iran’s nuclear program is nothing of the kind. For years, Russia has hidden its proliferation activities behind diplomatic smokescreens. Research suggests that intermediate range ballistic missiles (IRBMs) used by North Korea and Iran are in fact either Russian missiles or depend on key components from Russia. And Moscow’s lending a not-so-invisible hand does not stop there.

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The Time Is Not Yet Ripe
The Time Is Not Yet Ripe

Why a sounder coercive diplomacy against Iran might prevent war

16/02/2012 | by Jean-Loup Samaan | Iran, Conflicts and Strategies

A newer, more aggressive light has been cast upon the dilemma that a nuclear Iran presents the world; now, however, is no time to attack. There is much doubt regarding the efficacy of missile strikes on Iranian nuclear sites. The United States and Israel should “speak softly” and let sanctions, and their military capabilities, do the talking.


Playing With Fire
German foreign policy and Iran’s nuclear weapons program
18/01/2012 | by Joachim Krause
Contrary to what many in Germany think, the United States does not seek to overthrow the regime in Iran. Instead, the US and its allies will seek tougher sanctions and limited military actions to further weaken the government in Teheran. German policy should get behind this international effort and realize that Iran is the problem, not the United States.
Category Security, Arms Control and WMD, Iran, Western Asia, Near and Middle East/North Africa
Sorting Out the Iran Puzzle
Though frustrating, the international community’s Iran diplomacy has been original and, in ways, groundbreaking
01/10/2006 | by Oliver Thränert
This summer, for the first time, all five members of the UN Security Council—including Russia and China—recognized the necessity of considering sanctions against Iran. Despite their very different interests, they agreed upon a common strategy for the first time. Many European actors and other international organizations are working together too—an encouraging example of global multilateralism. European foreign policy, especially, could profit were it successful.
Category Arms Control and WMD, Security, Iran, Western Asia, Near and Middle East/North Africa
Iran’s Presidential Election
The main victors are the conservatives of the Iranian revolution
01/11/2005 | by David Menashri
With election of President Ahmadi-Nejad, Islamic conservatives have regained their monopoly on power in both un-elected and elected offices.
Category Political System, Religion, Political Culture, Government and Society, Iran
Preventing Nuclear Proliferation
Counterproliferation options include preemption and prevention
01/08/2005 | by Lothar Rühl
Every administration in the United States since Ronald Reagan, whether Republican or Democratic, has given top priority to halting nuclear proliferation. The means to this end are explicitly not confined to diplomatic niceties. "Hard security" through military action is a clear option.
Category Arms Control and WMD, Conflicts and Strategies, Security, United States of America, Iraq, Iran
Pride and Mistrust
Above all, Iran wants to be seen as the leading regional power
01/01/2005 | by Volker Perthes
The Europeans have less influence in Tehran than they might wish. They cannot give hard security rewards. Nor can they bestow the recognition of Iran’s importance that only the sole superpower can confer.
Category Arms Control and WMD, Security, Iran, Western Asia, Near and Middle East/North Africa