Accession Number : ADA519560


Title :   Iran's Economic Conditions: U.S. Policy Issues


Descriptive Note : Congressional rept


Corporate Author : LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE


Personal Author(s) : Ilias, Shayerah


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a519560.pdf


Report Date : 22 Apr 2010


Pagination or Media Count : 42


Abstract : The Islamic Republic of Iran, a resource-rich and labor-rich country in the Middle East, is a central focus of U.S. national security policy. The United States asserts that Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism and that Iran's uranium enrichment activities are for the development of nuclear weapons. To the extent that U.S. sanctions and other efforts to change Iranian state policy target aspects of Iran's economy as a means of influence, it is important to evaluate Iran's economic structure, strengths, and vulnerabilities. Since 2000, Iran has enjoyed broad-based economic growth. However, strong economic performance has been hindered by high levels of inflation and unemployment and low levels of foreign investment. Some contend that President Ahmadinejad's expansionary monetary and fiscal policies have worsened unemployment, inflation, and poverty in Iran. With the onset of the global economic downturn, Iran's economic growth was expected to slow in 2009 and through 2010. Iran has long been subject to U.S. economic sanctions, and more recently, to United Nations sanctions, over its uranium enrichment program and purported support for terror activities. Such sanctions are believed by some analysts to contribute to Iran's growing international trade and financial isolation.


Descriptors :   *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , *FISCAL POLICIES , *ECONOMICS , *INVESTMENTS , FINANCE , UNEMPLOYMENT , IRAN , TERRORISM , UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT , NATIONAL SECURITY , NUCLEAR WEAPONS


Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Government and Political Science


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE