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CURRENT NEWS: IRAN: U.S. Policy Issues

June 23, 2009

Given the current turmoil in Iran, we thought that CFNS members would find it helpful to take a factual look at Iran’s economy, with a view toward understanding the part that it may be playing in influencing the protests there, and U.S. policy here. The attached document – excerpted and edited from a recently released 39-page Congressional Research Service report – serves that purpose.

The major question being asked while the riots and violence are unfolding on Iranian streets is, “How should America be reacting to this turn of events?” Most are pointing to President Obama as the key to setting the policy for our actions. But how about Congress – what role can and should it play? Practically speaking, both have limited options – at least on the surface. Covert operations are another matter!

See attached document: CLICK HERE: Iran’s_Economy_-_Policy_Perspectives

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