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Nuclear and Non-Conventional Weapons

One Year after the Iran Nuclear Deal

, July 21, 2016

Iran is reaping the benefits of the deal, while the West pays the price of its weakness. In the meantime, we are all living with the consequences. Read More »

How Close Are We to Unconventional Terror Attacks by ISIS? The Dirty Bomb Scenario

, May 19, 2016

How serious is threat the threat of an ISIS nuclear or radiological attack, and in the absence of clear leads and intelligence materials, how can we assess this threat? Read More »

Vital Points on the Iran Deal: Major Flaws and Positive Elements

and , August 27, 2015

The nuclear agreement with the main world powers is set to unilaterally and unconditionally grant Iran everything it has been seeking without any viable quid-pro-quo from Iran to the international community. Read More »

Questions and Answers about the Iranian Nuclear Agreement

, August 26, 2015

The signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action raises many questions: Is the plan a good deal? Did the possibility of reaching a better deal exist? After the deal’s signing, which avenues remain open to Israel and the West to get more out of the deal? Read More »

The Nuclear Deal: No Pause in Iran’s Vow to Destroy Israel

, August 16, 2015

Even following the JCPOA negotiations, Ayatollah Ali Khameini, Iran’s Supreme leader, remains the most prominent agitator for Israel’s destruction. The Islamic Republic’s virulently Anti-Israel and Anti-Western rhetoric has remained largely unabated. Read More »

Why We Must Fight Against the Iran Deal

, August 14, 2015

Iran will only need six months to obtain enough material to produce nuclear weapons during the first ten years of the deal. Furthermore, it allows for the continued Iranian pursuit of regional hegemony. Read More »

Iran: Challenging Our Missile Program Means Crossing a Red Line

, July 27, 2015

Following the UN Security Council’s endorsement of the Iran deal, Iran has made clear that the deal will not infringe upon its missile program or grant inspectors access to military facilities - both things that are essential to Iran’s national security concept. Read More »

The Lessons of the Syrian Chemical Weapons Discovery

, May 18, 2015

In early May, inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) reported that they had located traces of sarin-type chemical weapons and ricin-type biological weapons in at least three sites in Syria which the Assad regime had not reported. This discovery could have implications for a potential Iran deal. Read More »

The Flawed Underpinnings of the New Nuclear Understandings with Iran

, April 3, 2015

The underlying flaw in the new nuclear understandings between the P5+1 and Iran is the fact that it leaves Iran’s vast nuclear infrastructure intact. Read More »

Iran’s Defiance: Flaunting a Cruise Missile with 2,500 Km. Range

, March 10, 2015

On March 8, 2015, Iran unveiled the Soumar long-range ground-to-ground cruise missile, which has a range of 2,500 kilometers. Exhibiting the missiles now was meant to coincide with sensitive nuclear talks. Tehran is signaling to the West that it has no intention of giving up its long-range missile program. Read More »

Anatomy of a Bad Iran Deal: A Preliminary Assessment

, February 12, 2015

The best way to evaluate the impending nuclear agreement is to look at the statements of high-levels officials who have been involved in the negotiations. While not all of the details of the agreement have been made public, elements have been disclosed in the international media that are deeply worrying. Read More »

Inspections: The Weak Link in a Nuclear Agreement with Iran

, June 11, 2014

One striking feature appearing in the leading commentaries on the Comprehensive Agreement being negotiated is the stress being placed placing on the role of inspections in assuring the international community that Tehran will not be permitted to obtain nuclear weapons. However, these inspections cannot be expected to deter Iran, as it does not view itself as a “status quo” power. Read More »

How Nuclear Talks Help Iran Dominate the Middle East

, February 25, 2014

The nuclear talks are creating an atmosphere where the economic pressure will subside as Iran gains time to fill in the missing pieces of its nuclear program. Iran’s foreign policy is gaining momentum as Gulf States are persuaded to align with Iran. Ongoing negotiations with the United States are proceeding at a relaxed pace that allows Iran to continue working towards its strategic goals. Read More »

The Internal Iranian Struggle in the Aftermath of the Geneva Nuclear Agreement

, January 14, 2014

The Geneva nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 has become a source of tension in Iran between the conservatives and Revolutionary Guard on one side, and President Hassan Rouhani, the nuclear negotiating team, and those considered the reformist camp on the other. The regime’s security establishment continues a crackdown on the opposition and social networks in an effort to protect Iran’s revolutionary Islamic nature. The intensity of public support for Rouhani is of no significance when it comes to Iran’s nuclear progress, nor is it likely to have substantial implications for the state of civil society and human rights in Iran. Read More »

Conflicting Expectations from the Geneva Document between the P5+1 and Iran

, December 11, 2013

Questions of interpretation have arisen from both sides about the Geneva document’s obligations to the relevant parties. Parties disagree on what the document means for nuclear breakout, U.S.-imposed sanctions on Iran, and uranium enrichment Read More »

The Emerging Geneva Agreement with Iran

, November 12, 2013

Eliminating Iran’s 20-percent-enriched uranium, but allowing the Iranians to continue to produce 3.5-percent-enriched uranium is an unacceptable option if the goal of the West is to prevent Iran from advancing a nuclear weapon. Allowing Iran to enrich to the 3.5-percent level will not address the threat emanating from Iran’s latest generation of faster centrifuges and the scenario of a fast dash by Iran to weapons-grade uranium, known as “nuclear break-out.” Read More »

Iran vs. the West: Endgame?

, October 15, 2013

Despite direct negotiations with the United States, Iran has no intention of halting their nuclear enrichment program. Iran could be within a few months of building a bomb. Read More »

What Might Be Expected in Monitoring Syria: Lessons from Past Middle East Weapons Inspections

, September 17, 2013

In light of the Russian/US agreement to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons, the world’s accumulated hands-on experience in Middle Eastern arms control in Iraq, Iran, and Libya should be remembered. Read More »

Understanding the Current State of the Iranian Nuclear Challenge

, March 24, 2013

Over the last decade, a clear international consensus has slowly emerged that Iran was not just pursuing a civilian nuclear program, but rather was seeking nuclear weapons. The IAEA has raised concerns about the possible existence of certain areas of military research in the Iranian nuclear program, which, when coupled with Iran’s expansionist goals, presents a challenge to regional stability. Negotiations and proposals to protect the International Community from Iranian nuclear weapons must take into account all aspects of Iranian nuclear research. Read More »

The Rise of Nuclear Iran: How Tehran Defies the West

, 2011

In the West, liberal politicians and pundits are calling for renewed diplomatic engagement with Iran, convinced that Tehran will respond to reason and halt its nuclear weapons program. Yet, countries have repeatedly tried diplomatic talks and utterly failed. Gold examines these past failures, showing how Iran employed strategic deception and delay tactics to hide its intentions from the West. He argues that Western policymakers underestimate Iran s hostility toward us and explains why diplomacy will continue to backfire, no matter which party or president is in power. Read More »

Can Cold War Deterrence Apply to a Nuclear Iran?

, March 1, 2011

The Obama Administration’s policy of Cold War-style deterrence with regards to Iran fails to take into account various issues. The ideology of the Iranian leadership, the threat of a polynuclear Middle East, and the idealization of martyrdom are all issues which do not fit into a model of cold war style deterrence. Furthermore, should nuclear weapons become a reality in the region; it is possible that they may filter down to quasi-states, terrorist organizations, and rival ethnic groups. Read More »

Halting Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Program: Iranian Vulnerabilities and Western Policy Options

, July 8, 2007

Iran’s primary vulnerability is the economic sphere. Although half of the Iranian government’s revenues come from the export of crude oil, without foreign investment, production of crude oil will falter. In order to convince Iran to give up the nuclear program, the U.S. and its allies must exploit their economic leverage, backed up by a credible threat of military force against the nuclear program and other targets in Iran as necessary. Read More »

Hizballah’s Rocket Campaign Against Northern Israel:
A Preliminary Report

, August 31, 2006

From July 13 to August 13, the Israel Police reported 4,228 rocket impacts inside Israel from rockets fired by Hizballah. No geographical area in the world has sustained such a large quantity of rocket strikes since the Iran-Iraq war in the early 1980s.One-fourth of the rockets that landed within Israel landed within built-up areas. Israel suffered great numbers of fatalities and injuries, as well as extensive damage to infrastructure. This article discusses the challenge to national security posed by this type of weapon, and identifies areas where defense may be improved. Read More »