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75 National Security Leaders Applaud President Obama on Anniversary of JCPOA

On July 11, 2016, around the one year anniversary of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), 75 national security leaders issued a letter to President Obama applauding the landmark diplomatic accord and encouraging greater engagement between the U.S. and Iran.

The 75 signers include:
  • 23 former ambassadors (including 5 US ambassadors to Israel)
  • 14 former members of Congress
  • 7 scientists including 3 Nobel laureates
  • 8 generals including two four-stars
  • 6 former members of the National Security Council
  • 5 former Defense Department officials, including 2 assistant secretaries

View the full letter here.

Can the US Work with Iran: Challenges and Opportunities

Nearly a year after the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany signed a landmark nuclear deal with Iran and nearly six months after the agreement was implemented, the nuclear aspects of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) appear to working smoothly. But other challenges potentially imperil the agreement.  There are questions about whether the JCPOA can serve as a template for additional regional and international cooperation or whether domestic politics in the US and Iran and Iran’s continuing difficulties re-entering the global financial system will put those opportunities out of reach for the foreseeable future. To discuss these vital issues, the Atlantic Council’s Future of Iran Initiative and the Iran Project held a symposium on the implications upon regional affairs and relations with Iran of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

More information here.

How Boeing could benefit from Iran nuclear deal

By Jessica Mathews and William Luers. Special to the Seattle Times, June 6, 2016

Last year’s agreement to reduce dramatically Iran’s nuclear program also authorized Boeing to negotiate the sale of commercial aircraft to Iran.

This is just one of the hundreds of provisions in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which is the agreement reached with Iran after complex and hard-fought negotiations by the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, China and the United States. In exchange for drastically reducing Iran’s nuclear capabilities, this groundbreaking agreement has lifted some of the heavy sanctions imposed on Iran.

Since the implementation of the JCPOA began on Jan. 16, the Iranians have fully complied with their obligations. They have reduced their stock of enriched uranium to 300 kilograms (less than one-third the amount needed to build a nuclear weapon), reduced the number of spinning centrifuges to 6,000 from nearly 20,000, put their plutonium production reactor out of service and accepted international inspections of unprecedented scope and intrusiveness.

Read the full article here

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.

 Read the Full Statement Here

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)

Read the full letter here.

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.


Ambassador Thomas Pickering sat down with David Plazas of “The Tennessean,” to discuss the Iran nuclear deal and topics of interest in global affairs.

Watch the full video here

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs with Ambassadors  Thomas Pickering and James F. Jeffrey: What Does the Iran Deal Means for Nuclear Nonproliferation?

Watch the full event here

 Atlantic Council and The Iran Project: The Progress and Problems of Iran Sanctions Relief

The Iran Project Statement on the Announcement of a Framework for a Comprehensive Nuclear Agreement with Iran

Read the full statement.

Envisioning a Deal with Iran

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”

Read the full article.

Video: The Iran Project Launch of New Publication at the Woodrow Wilson Center


As an Iran Deal Nears, the Lobbying, Pro and Con, Intensifies

Amb. William Luers discusses the timeline for the Iran Nuclear Deal and its political implications.         Read the full article.

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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 Mathews 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, distinguished fellow at 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.

More Articles & Op-Eds

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.