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Short Briefing Paper from The Iran Project on Designating the IRGC a Terrorist Organization
While the designation of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization is being considered by Congress, The Iran Project has prepared a short briefing paper (attached) on the subject, which can also be found online here. The aim is to provide a balanced one page assessment of this important proposal.
Short Briefing Paper from The Iran Project on Iran’s Missile Testing
The Iran Project has compiled a “Short Briefing Paper on Iran’s Missile Testing” for the purpose of trying to provide balanced and objective information on the complex political and technical issues that are raised by the recent test of an Iranian ballistic missile.
View the briefing paper here.
Thomas R. Pickering: Whatever happened to the Iran nuclear deal? Richmond Times-Dispatch Op-Ed
January 29, 2017 – Whatever happened to the Iran nuclear deal? It used to be a central issue in U.S. foreign policy. We talked about it all the time. We even argued over whether we should bomb Iran. In fact, it is now a “done deal” and all sides began implementation in early 2016 requiring severe limits and effective monitoring of Iran’s nuclear program. The new administration promised to “tear it up.” It may still do that — which is why it is worth spending a few minutes considering that prospect. Lend me your eyes and your mind….
Read the full op-ed here.
Jessica Tuchman Mathews: Why President Trump should keep the Iran Deal — New Hampshire Union Leader Op-Ed
In that time, Iran has met its obligations to export, destroy or put in monitored storage the components of its nuclear program. It has kept very close to the allowed limits in a few cases — a typical form of Iranian brinksmanship — but where it has temporarily exceeded a limit it has been by a tiny and militarily meaningless amount of a non-nuclear material.
Read the full Op-Ed here.
Guess who we don’t talk about these days? Iran. Charlotte Observer Op-Ed by Thomas Pickering and Jim Walsh
Have you noticed? The nuclear agreement with Iran is no longer in the headlines. Not long ago, Iran’s nuclear program was the central issue in U.S. foreign policy. We talked about it all the time. We even argued over whether we should bomb Iran.
Today, we worry about Russian hacking, the test of a North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile, and new tensions with China over Taiwan. We don’t fret about an imminent Iranian nuclear threat, because there isn’t one. Tough and principled American diplomacy removed that danger for the foreseeable future. Chalk it up as one less worry we have to confront in 2017, a year that has barely begun but is already brimming with uncertainty and concerns.
Read the full Op-Ed here.
Barbara Slavin and Ryan Crocker: Trump can preserve nuclear deal while reviewing Iran policy —Denver Post Op-Ed
December 12, 2016 — A year after its activation, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action has achieved its chief purpose: slowing Iran’s nuclear advances and insuring through tight verification that the country cannot amass sufficient material to make a single nuclear weapon.
The administration of Donald J. Trump, due to take office four days after the comprehensive plan’s first anniversary, would be wise to continue implementing the agreement while it reviews overall U.S. policy toward Iran. Indeed as CIA director John Brennan told the BBC recently, scrapping the deal would be the “height of folly.”
Amb Pickering’s Op-Ed in the Dallas News proposes four ways that Trump can keep relations steady with Iran
December 2, 2016 — Our new president will face many tough challenges in devising a strategy to assure America’s security. He will be the first since 1979 who will not have to immediately devise a strategy to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon.
The nuclear agreement with Iran provides strong assurance that Iran will not get a nuclear weapon for at least 15 years. China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the U.S. (the so-called P5+1) came together to achieve this objective by negotiating the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran. Iran without a nuclear weapon is far less threatening to Israel, the region and the U.S.
Read the full Op-Ed 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.
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.
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.
Ambassador Thomas Pickering sat down with David Plazas of “The Tennessean,” to discuss the Iran nuclear deal and topics of interest in global affairs.
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs with Ambassadors Thomas Pickering and James F. Jeffrey: What Does the Iran Deal Means for Nuclear Nonproliferation?
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
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 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.
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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.