Ray Takeyh

Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

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Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of Hidden Iran: Paradox and Power in the Islamic Republic

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Last week's UN Security Council vote to  sanction Iran  for nuclear development was just one vote short of unanimous.

New UN Sanctions against Iran

Last week's UN Security Council vote to sanction Iran for nuclear development was just one vote short of unanimous.

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Iran is expanding its influence in Iraq, supporting Hamas and Hezbollah and threatening Israel's right to exist.

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Iran is expanding its influence in Iraq, supporting Hamas and Hezbollah and threatening Israel's right to exist.

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