Atlantic Council Releases Iran Sanctions Report

WASHINGTON, DC — The Atlantic Council has produced a comprehensive reference work on Iran entitled U.S.-Iranian Relations: An Analytic Compendium of U.S. Policies, Laws and Regulations, which documents for the first time how long-term changes in U.S. policy reflect the lack of a clear consensus on how to curb the strategic threat Iran is widely considered to pose to U.S. interests in the Middle East.

Prepared by Dr. Kenneth Katzman, a Middle East scholar at the Congressional Research Service and longtime expert on Iran, the Compendium serves as a baseline source of information for all followers of U.S.-Iran relations, whether advocating for more stringent sanctions or unwinding current restrictions.

The report is available for download at /publication/iran-compendium.

Shuja Nawaz, director of the Council’s South Asia Center, underscored the relevance of the Compendium, stating, “Iran may well be a defining issue for the Obama administration. If things improve in this relationship, the U.S. needs to be prepared to move rapidly by cutting through the undergrowth of rules and regulations. This will allow U.S. businesses to act quickly and decisively.” The publication is the latest in an Atlantic Council series on the process of reversing adversarial relationships.

This project was made possible by a grant from the United States Institute of Peace. The opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Institute of Peace, the Congressional Research Service or any government agency.

Founded in 1961, the Atlantic Council aims to renew the Atlantic community for 21st-century global challenges through constructive U.S.-European leadership and engagement in world affairs. Led by Senator Chuck Hagel, chairman, and Frederick Kempe, president and CEO, the Council embodies a network of policy, academic and business leaders who foster transatlantic ties through non-partisan and cross-national discussions and studies.


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