Iran Task Force

Iran Task Force Members

Jamie Fly

Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States

Mortimer Zuckerman

Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of U.S. News & World Report

Roger Zakheim

Former General Counsel and Deputy Staff Director of U.S. House Armed Services Committee

Dr. Ray Takeyh

Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies at Council on Foreign Relations

Lt Gen Henry Obering, USAF (ret.)

Former Director of the Missile Defense Agency

Amb. Eric Edelman

Co-Chair, Iran Task Force and Eastern Mediterranean Task Force, Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

Gen Charles "Chuck" Wald, USAF (ret.)

Co-Chair of the Iran Task Force, Former Deputy Commander of United States European Command

Lt Gen David Deptula, USAF (ret.)

Former Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, U.S. Air Force Headquarters; JINSA Gemunder Center Senior Advisor

Hon. Stephen Rademaker

Former Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation; JINSA Gemunder Center Senior Advisor

John Hannah

Former Assistant for National Security Affairs to the Vice President; JINSA Gemunder Center Senior Advisor

Larry Goldstein

Founder and Director of Energy Policy Research Institute, Inc.; JINSA Gemunder Center Senior Advisor

Maj Gen Larry "Stutz" Stutzriem, USAF (ret.)

Former Director, Plans, Policy and Strategy at North American Aerospace Defense Command

Gen James T Conway, USMC (ret.)

Former Commandant of the Marine Corps; former Director of Operations (J-3) on the Joint Chiefs of Staff

VADM John M. Bird, USN (ret.)

Former Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet, - Member of JINSA’s Board of Advisors

Iran Task Force Reports

The Trump Administration potentially is opening a new chapter in America’s relationship with Iran. In withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear program, it has discarded its predecessor’s misplaced hopes of moderating Tehran’s increasing aggression through engagement, in favor of a set of demands that, if realized, could significantly roll back Iran’s nuclear program and regional aggression and possibly hasten the end of the regime. A sea change indeed is required. For too long the United States has been self-deterred from confronting the Iranian regime, out of concern to empower purported moderates in Tehran or an overriding desire simply to wash its hands of the Middle East. This retren...

Consistent with the Trump Administration's stated intention of pushing back against Iran's increasingly malign behavior throughout the Middle East, American policymakers urgently need to rebuild credibility and positions of strength by contesting Iran's rising influence across the region. Most urgently, the United States must impose real obstacles to Tehran's pursuit of total victory by the Assad regime in Syria. Time is of the essence, as Iranian-backed forces recently have retaken nearly all the country, save lands liberated from Islamic State (IS) by the U.S.-led coalition. These, and any further, strategic gains threaten to entrench Tehran as the arbiter of postwar Syria and consolidate its control of a "land bridge" connecting Iran dir...

So disastrous is the agreement struck by the Obama administration to limit Iran’s nuclear program, that neither continuing in this arrangement nor exiting from it currently serves the national interests and security of the United States. As the Trump administration confronts this dangerous inheritance, its preeminent priority should be restoring U.S. credibility, leverage and options to confront the entire range of Iran’s menacing behavior: its undeterred nuclear ambitions; its expanding ballistic missile program; its destabilizing engagement in regional conflicts; and its unending support for terrorism. Until such credibility is restored, the United States incurs too great a risk from either continuing to abide by the Joint Comprehe...

A year after the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear program was announced, Iran unquestionably has gotten the better of the deal. The agreement made public last July in Vienna, and the policy decisions attending its implementation, show a clear pattern of unilateral Iranian demands being met by unforced U.S. concessions. In consequence, Iran’s nuclear weapons program and sway in the Middle East will continue to grow, while U.S. deterrence and influence will diminish and the risks of conflict will mount. To reverse these negative trends, the United States urgently needs a new approach to restore its credibility, bolster regional stability and ensure Iran cannot advance its nuclear program: Taking serious...

Congressional Testimony

Analysis & Commentary

Trump Shouldn’t Pull Out of Syria Right Now – Our President First Needs a Tougher ...

Fox News, February, 1, 2019
By Gen Charles “Chuck” Wald, USAF (ret.) and Michael Makovsky, PhD and

Iran’s Ballistic Missile Test Shows U.S. Defense of Middle East Allies Must Change. ...

Newsweek, December, 19, 2018
By Michael Makovsky, PhD and Gen Charles “Chuck” Wald, USAF (ret.) and

The United States Needs a Clear Strategy to Roll Back Iran

The Hill, December, 3, 2018
By Michael Makovsky, PhD and

A Comprehensive Strategy That Secures Real And Lasting Changes In Iran’s Behavior

The Hill, September, 19, 2018
By Amb. Eric Edelman and Gen Charles “Chuck” Wald, USAF (ret.) and

Helsinki Summit an Opportunity to Win Russia’s Support for Constraining Iran in Syri...

The Hill, July, 15, 2018
By VADM John M. Bird, USN (ret.) and John Hannah and

Beyond Sanctions, How The U.S. Can Pressure Iran

Reuters, May, 29, 2018
By Michael Makovsky, PhD and

Gemunder Center Senior Advisor and Member of Its Iran Task Force The Honorable Stephen Rad...

, May, 9, 2018

It’s Time for Trump to Pull Out of the Iran Deal

Reuters, April, 10, 2018
By Michael Makovsky, PhD and

Trump’s Quick Fix Approach to Iran Nuclear Deal Creates Untenable Policy Dilemma

The Hill, February, 21, 2018
By Amb. Eric Edelman and Gen Charles “Chuck” Wald, USAF (ret.) and

One Way to Counter Iran’s Aggression? Change the Map of the Middle East

Fox News, December, 25, 2017
By Michael Makovsky, PhD and

JINSA Gemunder Center Iran Task Force Co-Chair Ambassador Eric Edelman Testifies Before Se...

, December, 15, 2017

US Must Bolster Its Presence In MidEast As ISIS Falls

Breaking Defense, December, 6, 2017
By Michael Makovsky, PhD and Amb. Eric Edelman and Gen Charles “Chuck” Wald, USAF (ret.) and

JINSA’s Latest Gemunder Center Iran Task Force Report, Countering Iranian Expansion ...

, November, 28, 2017

JINSA’s Gemunder Center Iran Task Force Report Featured in Josh Rogin’s Washin...

, November, 21, 2017

How Trump Can Prevent a Nuclear Iran

Reuters, November, 1, 2017
By Amb. Eric Edelman and Gen Charles “Chuck” Wald, USAF (ret.) and

JINSA Distinguished Fellow and Gemunder Center Iran Task Force Co-Chair General Charles Wa...

, October, 13, 2017

North Korea Proved Allowing the Iran Deal to Collapse Could Lead to Proliferation

The Hill, September, 27, 2017
By VADM John M. Bird, USN (ret.) and Hon. Stephen Rademaker and

JINSA’s Gemunder Center Iran Task Force in The Washington Post

, September, 12, 2017

How Trump Should Handle Iran

Politico, July, 27, 2017
By Ambassador Eric Edelman and Gen. Charles Wald, USAF (ret.)

The Terror-Fighting Burden on Emmanuel Macron: What President Trump Should Ask from the Fr...

, July, 13, 2017

Five Ways for Trump to Put Tehran on Notice

The Wall Street Journal, January, 3, 2017
By Michael Makovsky, PhD and

No Deal

The Weekly Standard, October, 14, 2016
By Michael Makovsky, PhD and William Kristol and

Gemunder Center Iran Task Force Chair Amb. Edelman Testifies Before Senate Banking Committ...

, September, 22, 2016

Iran Needs to Take America Seriously Again

USA Today, July, 14, 2016
By Amb. Eric Edelman and Michael Makovsky, PhD and Jonathan Ruhe and

What’s the Deal with Iran?

The Weekly Standard, July, 8, 2016
By Michael Makovsky, PhD and

Time to Seize the High Ground on Nuclear Weapons

RealClearDefense, June, 7, 2016
By Jonathan Ruhe and

What Rhodes Revealed

The Weekly Standard, May, 10, 2016
By Michael Makovsky, PhD and

Time to Take Aim at Iranian Missiles

Politico, April, 13, 2016
By Michael Makovsky, PhD and Gen Charles “Chuck” Wald, USAF (ret.) and

Gemunder Center Conference Call on Mitigating the Consequences of the Nuclear Agreement wi...

, April, 6, 2016

The Costanza Approach

The Weekly Standard, April, 1, 2016
By Michael Makovsky, PhD and William Kristol and

The Dangerous Post-Deal World

The Weekly Standard, March, 17, 2016
By Michael Makovsky, PhD and

Who Really Betrayed the Syrians?

The Weekly Standard, November, 19, 2015
By Michael Makovsky, PhD and

Iranian Cheating

The Weekly Standard, October, 26, 2015
By Michael Makovsky, PhD and

What Next?

The Weekly Standard, October, 5, 2015
By Michael Makovsky, PhD and

Video: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Cites JINSA Iran Strategy Council Report on ...

, September, 10, 2015

Congress Must Reject Flawed Nuke Deal

The Hill, September, 10, 2015
By Amb. Eric Edelman and Michael Makovsky, PhD and

JINSA Iran Strategy Council Co-Chair Gen. Wald on WSJ Opinion Journal

, September, 9, 2015

Testimony for Hearing, “Implications of a Nuclear Agreement with Iran (Part IV)”

, September, 9, 2015

JINSA Iran Strategy Council in The Washington Free Beacon on Hill Testimony

, September, 9, 2015

JINSA Gemunder Center Iran Strategy Council Testifies Before the House Foreign Affairs Com...

, September, 9, 2015

Former Vice President Dick Cheney Quotes JINSA Iran Strategy Council Report

, September, 9, 2015

JINSA Iran Strategy Council in The Hill

, September, 4, 2015

Generals: Deal Puts US in ‘Far Worse Position to Prevent a Nuclear Iran’

, September, 4, 2015

Obama Secures Rubber Stamp for Iran Deal Catastrophe

, September, 3, 2015

Retired Military Leaders: Iran Nuke Deal Makes War More Likely

, September, 3, 2015

JINSA Iran Strategy Council Report on FoxNews.com

, September, 2, 2015

JINSA Iran Strategy Council Report in The Washington Times

, September, 2, 2015

Four-Star Generals: Nuclear Deal Hurts American Military, Diplomatic Standing in Middle Ea...

, September, 2, 2015

New threat: Iran getting Russian anti-air missiles, add to armed drone fleet

, September, 2, 2015

Obama secures votes to preserve Iran nuclear deal despite majority opposition The Washingt...

, September, 2, 2015

New Report: Iran Nuclear Deal Threatens U.S. Interests and Increases Probability of Milita...

, September, 2, 2015

Blaming Israel First

The Weekly Standard, August, 10, 2015
By Michael Makovsky, PhD and William Kristol and

Deal Brings Iran Closer to Obtaining Nuclear Weapons Capability

The Weekly Standard, July, 24, 2015
By Michael Makovsky, PhD and

JINSA CEO Dr. Michael Makovsky and Senior Advisor Steven Rademaker Testify Before the Hous...

, July, 11, 2015

‘A Perverse Consequence’

The Weekly Standard, May, 25, 2015
By William Kristol and Michael Makovsky, PhD and

Gemunder Center Senior Advisor and Iran Task Force Member Stephen Rademaker Testifies Befo...

, April, 22, 2015

Appeasement in Our Time

The Weekly Standard, March, 9, 2015
By Michael Makovsky, PhD and

Iran Task Force Co-Chair Amb. Eric Edelman Testifies Before the House Committee on Foreign...

, January, 27, 2015

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