Iran

U.S. Department of State

Since the 1979 storming of the embassy and seizure of American diplomats in Tehran, the United States has imposed wave after wave of sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran. Over time, the sanctions have grown from Executive orders aimed at Iranian support for terrorism into a far more comprehensive congressional and international regime that focuses on Iran’s nuclear program. As negotiations over this program continue, legal analysis of non-proliferation agreements, sanctions law and the respective foreign policy powers of Congress and the President have become inextricably linked to the diplomatic initiative with the Islamic Republic. 

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Lawfare Live: U.S.-Iranian Relations During a Presidential Transition With Suzanne Maloney

This Thursday, Dec. 10, at noon EST, Suzanne Maloney, the vice president and director of the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution, and Lawfare senior editor Scott R. Anderson will join Lawfare editor-in-chief Benjamin Wittes to answer questions from the Lawfare community about the challenges facing U.S.-Iranian relations during the transition period from the Trump to the Biden administration.

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White House Releases Report Justifying Soleimani Strike

The White House has sent a notice to Congress outlining its legal and policy justifications for the Jan. 2 airstrike that killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani. This disclosure is a legally mandated reporting requirement introduced through Section 1264 of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, a measure intended to increase transparency in U.S. national security policy.

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