Iran’s Military Budget after the Nuclear Deal

The recent Iran deal provides relief from international economic sanctions in exchange for certain limitations on Iran’s nuclear program. Upon implementation of the deal, a substantial amount of money would flow to the Iranian government, although the total amount is the subject of much debate.

According to initial reports from U.S. officials, Iran would have access to $100 billion of frozen assets. The Under Secretary of Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence cited this same figure in congressional testimony earlier this year. Secretary of State John Kerry later walked this number back to around $50 billion, reasoning that half of Iran’s frozen assets were already obligated to various projects. While Iran may have already decided how to allocate some of the windfall, it does not reduce the amount they will receive from sanctions reli

“Big Ideas on a Little Stool” featuring Governor Rick Scott

Last Friday, Governor Rick Scott of Florida visited the American Action Forum and spent a few minutes in our studio sharing his Big Ideas on our Little Stool. He talked about his major economic policy initiative for 2015, the White House’s approach to ISIS and fighting terror, and… his favorite Florida theme park. Watch and RT here. Tweet, tweet – and stay tuned for the next installment of “Big Ideas on a Little Stool” – America’s biggest leaders sharing their big ideas with AAF.

John Kerry’s Honeymoon Tour

Newly-installed Secretary of State John Kerry recently returned from his first foreign trip, which was described as a “listening tour.”  During the eleven-day, nine-nation swing through Europe and the Middle East, Kerry got an earful about U.S. policy toward Syria, Egypt, and Iran, while signaling increased U.S. attention to Europe.  In a sense, Kerry’s honeymoon trip exhibited “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.”

The Problem with Obama’s Egypt Policy

The Arab Spring brought a new reality to Egypt: a democratically elected Islamist government, and a population that found its voice.  Despite this seismic shift, U.S. policy toward Egypt is stuck in the framework of the Mubarak era.  The Obama administration’s perceived backing of the Muslim Brotherhood risks empowering forces that could yet prove hostile to U.S. interests while spurning the very reformers we profess to support.

The Rise of Syria’s Jihadists Co-authored by Yelena Altman

January 23rd will mark the one-year anniversary of the official establishment of Syria’s al-Nusra Front, also known as Jabhat Al-Nusra.  In just twelve months, al-Nusra has become one of the most visible revolutionary groups in Syria, as well as a major foreign policy problem for the U.S.  As the conflict in Syria continues, the U.S. must take a more active role in strengthening Syria’s moderates to ensure this jihadist group does not wreak havoc in a post-Assad Syria..

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