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Cuba and Iran:
A New Era for American Diplomacy?
Ambassador William Luers and Thomas Pickering publish a new op-ed in The Huffington Post on the most recent round of talks and diplomatic relations with Iran and Cuba.
President Obama has taken charge of “trying something different” with Cuba and Iran by initiating discrete and patient diplomatic approaches with two of America’s most entrenched adversaries. He seeks to replace policies that have failed to achieve America’s objectives. Read the full article.
Press Release: Iran Project Statement on Extension of Negotiations with Iran
A bipartisan group of former senior officials, US ambassadors and military leaders, as well as other national security experts, has united to support an extension of negotiations with Iran as serving US national interests, and to encourage Congress to refrain from passing new sanctions now:
NEW YORK – We support the decision of the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, China and Russia to continue negotiations with Iran to achieve a comprehensive nuclear agreement. Only a negotiated settlement will bring about long term assurances that Iran’s nuclear program will be peaceful. Preventing an Iranian nuclear weapon must remain America’s goal. Read the full statement.
An Iran Nuclear Deal is There for the Taking
Amb. William Luers, Amb. Thomas Pickering, and Dr. Jim Walsh publish a new op-ed in The National Interest on the most recent round of talks and remaining challenges in this final phase of diplomacy. Read the full article.
NYTimes Roger Cohen Pens Op-Ed on Nuclear Deal with Iran, ‘the Thinkable Ally’
Obama’s war against ISIS makes war with Iran even more unthinkable. A nuclear deal is imperative. Read the full article.
The Iran Project’s Ryan Crocker, William Luers, and Thomas Pickering discuss the U.S. and Iran’s shared interests in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the long-term impact of a breakdown in talks. Read the Op-Ed
It has been months since President Obama announced an interim deal had been struck between the group known as P5+1 and Iranian leadership over Iran’s nuclear program. Many open questions remain as the deliberations move forward and the details of the agreement emerge. How will this play out? Dr. Jessica Tuchman Mathews, President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, speaks with NPR. Listen to the full interview.
Amb. Thomas Pickering’s Testifies before the House Armed Services Committee | 6.19.2014
As nuclear negotiations proceed between Iran and world powers, the Iran Project’s Ambassador Thomas Pickering testifies before the House Armed Services Committee on the shift in the US-Iran relationship and how a possible comprehensive agreement can impact US strategy in the region. Read the Testimony | Watch the Video
Former American Diplomats lead the Iran Project, Featured in Al-Monitor
William Luers, Director of The Iran Project, has spent nearly 12 years together with Thomas Pickering, Frank Wisner, Stephen Heintz, Jim Walsh and others pursuing a strategy to bring American and Iranian officials and scholars together. They have authored articles and several reports analyzing prospects for better US-Iran relations including the latest report by the Iran Project that foresees enhanced opportunities for the United States and Iran to pursue cooperation on mutual concerns such as fighting Islamic State militants, stabilizing Iraq and Afghanistan, if there is a long-term nuclear accord. Read the full article.