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The Iran Project has published numerous articles, op-eds, and maintained regular contact with journalists and columnists in major media outlets across the country on issues pertaining to Iran.  Due to increased public engagement this year, The Iran Project has created this website to make it easier for you to follow us in the news and leave us your comments. Stay updated on our news and events by joining our mailing list.

Iran and Its Neighbors-ThumbnailLaunch of the Iran Project’s Latest Report
Iran and Its Neighbors: Regional Implications for U.S. Policy of a Nuclear Agreement

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The Middle East Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Iran Project are pleased to present a report launch on Wednesday, September 17th.  The Iran Project’s new report, Iran and Its Neighbors: Regional Implications for U.S. Policy of a Nuclear Agreement, examines the potential shift in Iran’s relations with other countries in the Middle East after a comprehensive nuclear agreement is reached, and the implications of these changes for US foreign policy. It also examines seven countries in the region as well as other important elements to U.S. foreign policy such as U.S. military presence in the region, non-state actors including the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS),
and the energy.

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

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses the press in Geneva. Photo by U.S. Mission Geneva / Eric Bridiers

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses the press in Geneva. Photo by U.S. Mission Geneva / Eric Bridiers

 

Iran Project Statement on Extension of Nuclear Talks
with Iran | 7.19.2014

We support the decision of the Permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany and Iran, to extend the nuclear talks for another 4 months in order to achieve an agreement that would severely restrict Iran’s ability to acquire a nuclear weapon.

Secretary Kerry, in his announcement, summed up succinctly the reasons for the extension: “to turn our back prematurely on diplomatic efforts when significant progress has been made would deny ourselves the ability to achieve our objectives peacefully, and to maintain the international unity that we have built…the very real prospect of reaching a good agreement that achieves our objectives necessitates that we seek more time.”

We urge all parties to make every effort to reach an acceptable agreement as soon as possible. To this end, we also urge that Congress not take actions now that could cause the collapse of these negotiations such as imposition of new sanctions in violation of the Joint Plan of Action. We are encouraged by the sense of optimism implicit in the agreement to continue these talks. Success would represent a victory of America’s 35-year bipartisan policy toward Iran, be a triumph of America’s commitment to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons, and eliminate one of most serious potential threats to the security of our friends in the region.

Ryan Crocker, former Ambassador
Stephen Heintz, President of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund
William Luers, former Ambassador
Thomas R. Pickering, former Ambassador
Paul Pillar, former Intelligence Officer
Jim Walsh, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Frank G. Wisner, former Ambassador

Read the Iran Project’s Most Recent Op-Ed  ‘How a Nuclear Deal
Could Help Save Iraq’ | 7.11.2014

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 full article

Watch Amb. Thomas Pickering’s Testimony to the House Armed Services Committee | 6.19. 2014

P5+1 Negotiations over Iran’s Nuclear Program and Its Implications for the U.S. 

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. Watch the Video

Our Articles & Op Eds

How a U.S. Nuclear Deal Could Help Save Iraq.  The Washington Post. July 11, 2014

Worldview: Iran’s Choice for U.N. Ambassador Highlights Old Wounds. The Philadelphia Inquirer.
April 27, 2014

Iran: A Good Deal Now in DangerNY Review of Books. February 2014 Issue.

A Delicate Dance with IranThe Denver Post. January 12, 2014

Diplomatic Success Always Trumps a Military Victory. 
Financial Times. December 19, 2013.

Looking to Diplomacy with Iran. Reuters. October 14, 2013.

For a New Approach to IranThe New York Review of Books. July 16, 2013.

A New Way Forward is now Possible with Iran. The Plain Dealer. September 13, 2013.

See 2012 Articles and Op Eds.

The Iran Project in the News

The Iran Project’s reports have received media coverage including, but not limited to:

Engaging Iran: Visitors to Pittsburgh bring message worth noting. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
September 11, 2014.

Odds on nuke deal with Iran? 50-50, Carnegie think tank expert says. Trib Live News,
September 9, 2014

What’s the Way Forward? Essential Pittsburgh, NPR Radio. September 9, 2014

Obama Shares Rouhani’s Challenge Selling Any Deal Reached. Bloomberg Business Week.
February 18, 2014

Report undermines US Iran sanctions push. AFP. February 18, 2014

Bipartisan Expert Group Says New Iran Sanctions will Undermine Diplomacy. Think Progress.
February 18, 2014

Iran Nuclear Talks Start With Doubt of Deal on DeadlineBloomberg. February 17, 2014

Congress Did Its Part, Now Let the Diplomats Do TheirsUS News. February 5, 2014.

Fact Checking the Obama Strategy for Iran’s NukesUS News. February 4, 2014.

Iran sanctions bill opposed by Obama gains Senate backers. Reuters. January 6, 2014

Security Experts Ask Senators To Pull Back Iran Sanctions Bill. Think Progress. January 6, 2014

Power or Persuasion: More Sanctions or Bombs for Iran? Defense One. December 16, 2013

If Sanctions Worked with Iran, will they work with ‘rogue’ nations? The Nation. November 27, 2013.

Obama and the Munich Katrinas  The Daily Beast. November 26, 2013.

Deal Would Freeze Iran Nuclear Program for Six Months  New York Times. November 23, 2013.

Will Obama Strike a Nuclear Deal With Iran? The Nation. November 20, 2013.

Poll: Large Majority of Americans Support Nuclear Deal with Iran  Think Progress. November 20, 2013

Iran Nuclear Deal Sought in Geneva After Israeli Criticism  Bloomberg News. November 20, 2013

Sanctions Are Key Topic at Iran Talks Voice of America. November 19, 2013

Split on Accord on Iran Strains U.S.-Israel Ties  New York Times. November 18, 2013

U.S.-Iran Thaw Grew From Years Of Behind-the-Scenes Talks Wall Street Journal. November 7, 2013

The road to finalizing a nuclear deal with Iran Al-Jazeera America. October 18, 2013

Western governments wary on eve of Iran nuclear talks  The Washington Post. October 15, 2013

World powers set for nuclear talks with Rouhani Iran Agence France-Presse. October 14, 2013

Iran refuses to ship out uranium stockpiles but hopes rise of breakthrough The Guardian. October 13, 2013

Will Iran Go Big in Geneva? Al Monitor. October 11, 2013

See 2012 Articles

 

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