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53 National Security Leaders Welcome Implementation of the Iran Nuclear Agreement
Washington, DC, January 18 — Today, 53 national security leaders issued a statement welcoming the implementation of the Iran nuclear agreement and calling on U.S. policymakers to turn to the rigorous verification of Iran’s continuing compliance.
Signers of the statement include former National Security Advisors Brent Scowcroft and Zbigniew Brzezinski; Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill and Defense Secretary William Perry; Ambassadors Thomas Pickering, Ryan Crocker and Daniel Kurtzer; military leaders Admiral William Fallon, Admiral Eric Olson and Lieutenant General Frank Kearney; and members of Congress Richard Lugar, Tom Daschle and Lee Hamilton.
Implementing the Iran Nuclear Deal: What’s Next?
The Atlantic Council and The Iran Project invite you to a symposium on implementing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the historic agreement reached with Iran by the United States and other world powers earlier this year.
The conference will examine how the implementation of this accord will impact the future of Iran’s nuclear program; the ways in which the lifting of sanctions will affect Iran’s economy and the US approach to implementation; and how implementation will impact US and Iranian bilateral and regional relations. The Conference will seek to develop a bipartisan approach to verification and the incentive dimensions of the implementation phase.
Statement by National Security Leaders on the Announcement of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
We applaud the announcement that a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has been reached with Iran to limit its nuclear program. We congratulate President Obama and all the negotiators for a landmark agreement unprecedented in its importance for preventing the acquisition of nuclear weapons by Iran.
Bipartisan Group of Over 100 Former US Ambassadors Applaud Iran Nuclear Agreement
Today a bipartisan group of over 100 former American Ambassadors sent a letter to the President supporting the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran. Signatories of the letter include Nicholas Burns (former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs and Ambassador to Greece and NATO), Daniel Kurtzer (former Ambassador to Israel and Egypt), Ryan Crocker (former Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan,and Syria) and Frank Wisner (former Ambassador to India, Egypt, the Philippines and Zambia and Under Secretary of State for International Security Affairs) and Tom Pickering (former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and Ambassador to Israel, Russia, India, and the United Nations)
Evaluating Key Components of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action With Iran
Dr. Jim Walsh, member of The Iran Project and an expert in international security and a Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Security Studies Program (SSP), testified before the US Senate on June 25, 2015, on the negotiations to halt and roll back Iran’s nuclear program.
Read the full testimony here.
Iran Project Publication: Weighing Concerns and Assurances on Iran’s Nuclear Program
The Iran Project has just published a new briefing book, “Weighing Concerns and Assurances About a Nuclear Agreement with Iran.” We hope it will serve as a reference guide for the American people, policymakers, legislators, staffs, the media, and the public. It is intended to encourage a bipartisan discussion on the nuclear agreement with Iran, and assess whether any of the serious concerns should be deal-breakers.
The full report can be found online here.
Former U.S. Diplomats Praise Iran Deal
More than 100 former American ambassadors wrote to President Obama on Thursday praising the nuclear deal reached with Iran this week as a “landmark agreement”
The Iran Deal: What 18 Tense Months have Produced – and Now, 68 Tense Days
Ambassador William Luers and and Jeremy Shapiro, fellow at the Brookings Institution, discuss the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran, at The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College on April 23.
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 Washington Post: How a Nuclear Deal can Help Save Iraq
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
What’s the Way Forward with Iran? The Iran Project’s Jessica Tuchman Matthews Talks to NPR
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.
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The Iran Project has published numerous articles and op-eds in the New York Times, the Huffington Post, the Washington Post, the National Interest, the New York Review of Books. Read all Iran Project articles and op-eds.