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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Report of the Advisory Committee on Historical Diplomatic Documentation, 2016

Categories: Foreign Affairs,History,Iran

https://fas.org/sgp/advisory/state/hac2016.html

Reveals that the long-awaited Iran Retrospective volume, covering events at the time of the overthrow of the Mossadegh regime, now has “no timetable for its release.”  The original Iran volume of the Foreign Relations series, released in 1989 made no mention of CIA covert action, which led to legislation requiring the FRUS to be a “thorough, accurate, and reliable” documentary history of U.S. foreign policy.  From the State Department, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Iran Policy and the European Union

Categories: Arms Control,European Union,Iran,Nuclear Arms,Nuclear Energy,Treaties

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/IN10656.pdf

Observations on current U.S. and European Union attitudes toward the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran regarding development of nuclear capabilities.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Iran Nuclear Agreement: The International Atomic Energy Agency’s Authorities, Resources, and Challenges

Categories: Arms Control,Energy,Iran,Nongovernmental organizations,Nuclear Arms,Treaties

http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/677783.pdf

Examines the Joint Comprehensive Plan agreement with Iran and the role that the IAEA has been asked to play in monitoring and verifying Iran’s commitment, reviews the resources that IAEA has identified as necessary to carry out that role, and identifies potential challenges.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

Iranian Capture of Riverine Command Boats

Categories: Defense/Military,Headlines,Iran

https://www.foia.navy.mil/foia/webbas02.nsf/(vwwebpage)/home.htm?opendocument

U.S. Navy report on the errors and poor judgment which caused a Navy ship to be captured in Iranian waters in 2015.  From the Department of the Navy Freedom of Information Act Office

 

Bank Markazi v. Peterson

Categories: Congress,Headlines,Iran,Supreme Court/courts,Terrorism

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/14-770

6-2 decision of the Supreme Court on a separation of powers issue that clears the way for American nationals to receive money damages in U.S. courts from state sponsors of terrorism.  Relatives of victims of the 1983 bombing of a Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, blamed on Iran, sought access to frozen Iranian assets in U.S. banks.  At issue was whether Congress had usurped the judicial role by passing legislation relating to a pending case. From the Legal Information Institute of Cornell University

 

2017 Defense Posture Statement: Taking the Long View, Investing for the Future

Categories: Defense/Military,Iran,Korea,Russia,Telecommunications/Internet,Terrorism

http://www.defense.gov/Portals/1/Documents/pubs/2017DODPOSTURE_FINAL_MAR17UpdatePage4_WEB.PDF

Devotes sections to countering challenges from terrorism, Russia, North Korea, Iran, and Cyber Warfare. From the Defense Department

 

Nuclear Nonproliferation: Preliminary Observations on IAEA’s Role in Verifying the Iran Agreement

Categories: Arms Control,Iran,Nuclear Arms,Treaties,United Nations

http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/675222.pdf

Provides analysis of the resources that the International Atomic Energy Agency has to monitor and verify Iran’s adherence to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. The plan, agreed to in the summer of 2015, calls for Iran to limit its nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions. Also covers potential verification challenges. From the Government Accountability Office

 

Renegotiating Arms Control Agreements: A Brief Review

Categories: Arms Control,Congress,Iran,Nuclear Arms

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/nuke/IN10353.pdf

Amid the debate over the proposed nuclear treaty with Iran, this report reviews the four arms control treaties over the past 60 years that were not approved by the Senate. One was voted down (The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty) and the other three were not voted on. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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