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03.14.2022 | Suzanne DiMaggio Named Next Director of The Iran Project

NEW YORK, NY – The Iran Project (IP) announced today that Suzanne DiMaggio has been appointed the next Director of The Iran Project. She succeeds Ambassador William Luers, founder of The Iran Project and its Director for over twenty years, who has decided to step down and will become Chairman Emeritus.

“I am thrilled that Suzanne will succeed me as the Director of The Iran Project. She has been part of IP’s leadership since our first meetings in 2001. Her unique diplomatic skills and expertise will be instrumental in advancing IP’s mission to reduce tensions, and develop confidence-building measures and diplomatic solutions to address the Iranian nuclear threat,” said Luers.

The full announcement can be viewed here.

01.27.2022 | New Report on Ballistic Missiles and Middle East Security: An Alternative Approach

Today, The Iran Project (IP) and the European Leadership Network (ELN) release the findings of a major three-year study of missiles in the Middle East. Examining the rapidly changing role of these weapons systems in the region, the project has involved intensive work since 2017. The various changes in regional security and diplomacy since then have only confirmed that a multilateral approach would best cultivate and sustain progress in reducing the risks attributed to the growing proliferation and development of these weapons.

The report can be downloaded here:

12.14.2020 | New Statement from the National Coalition to Prevent an Iranian Nuclear Weapon

Today, a bipartisan group of over 50 American national security leaders issued a statement urging the incoming Biden Administration to rejoin the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) swiftly and without preconditions.

“The immediate U.S. commitment to rejoin the JCPOA will require Iran to return to full compliance, prevent it from a nuclear weapon, and reduce the risk of war. With the JCPOA reinvigorated by Iran and the U.S., the hard work can begin on regional arms limitations and provide a foundation from which to resolve regional differences and explore regional cooperation” the authors write.

The signers include former: Secretaries of Defense, William Perry and Chuck Hagel; Acting Secretary of State, Tom Shannon; Director of Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan; Deputy Commander in Chief, U.S. European Command, General (ret.) Chuck Boyd; Acting Under Secretaries of State Thomas Pickering and Frank Wisner ; U.S. Senators, Tom Daschle and Tim Wirth; U.S. Representatives, Lee Hamilton and David Dreier;  U.S. Trade Representative Carla Hills; and Ambassadors, Anne Patterson, Ryan Crocker, Winston Lord, and Daniel Kurtzer.

Full text of the document can be found here.

09.21.2020 | Legal Scholars: the US Case for Snapback Is Flawed and Unlawful

The attached brief, written and endorsed by several of the most prominent American international legal scholars, explains why the Department of State legal case for the reinstitution of all previous UN sanctions against Iran (“snapback”) is flawed and unlawful.

By taking this action the Administration has undermined U.S. stature in the world as a guardian of international law, severely damaged relations with America’s allies and friends around the world and undermined the authority of the UN Security Council mandatory resolutions.

The brief was authored by prominent legal scholars including: W Michael Reisman, Myres S McDougal Professor of International Law at Yale Law School; David J Scheffer, former US Ambassador at Large for War Crimes (1997-2001); Dr. Mahroush H. Arsanjani, Senior Research Scholar, Yale Law School, Member of the Institut de Droit International, former Director of the Codification Division of the United Nations Office if Legal Affairs; and Larry D Johnson, Adjunct Professor, Columbia Law School, former UN Assistant Secretary General for Legal Affairs and Legal Advisor of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Their views are their own and not necessarily those of the institutes where they are located.

– Amb. Thomas Pickering

09.14.2020 | One Page Brief from the National Coalition to Prevent an Iranian Nuclear Weapon

In anticipation of the upcoming United Nations General Assembly and U.S. Congress returning to session after summer recess, we have put together a new one page brief on the challenges ahead on the JCPOA and U.S. Policy toward Iran. This is intended as a short refresher and general fact sheet on reinstating the JCPOA limits on Iran’s nuclear program. We hold that U.S. re-entry to the JCPOA should precede further steps required to address the serious challenges in U.S.-Iran relations.

This short briefing paper was organized by the National Coalition to Prevent an Iranian Nuclear Weapon, a nonpartisan network of organizations and individuals founded in 2015 on the principle that “U.S. policy on the Iran nuclear agreement should be determined by U.S. national security interests and not by domestic ideological or partisan differences.” The founding members are The Iran Project and American College of National Security Leaders. Dozens of former American national security leaders, diplomats and retired senior military officers have endorsed earlier statements by this National Coalition.

Full text of the brief can be found here and pasted below.

04.06.20 | Public Statement Release & Invitation to Global Media Call: Transatlantic Statement to Ease Humanitarian Trade Iran

A bipartisan group of two dozen American and European national security leaders issued a joint statement urging the US government to ease humanitarian trade with Iran in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. “As the world grapples with COVID-19–the disease caused by the novel coronavirus–we must remember that an outbreak anywhere impacts people everywhere. In turn, reaching across borders to save lives is imperative for our own security and must override political differences among governments” the authors write.

View the full statement here.

Access the call transcript here.

Access the call recording here.

Dr. Jim Walsh speaks before the House Oversight Subcommittee on National Security regarding U.S. withdrawal from the JCPOA

On June 6, 2018, the House Oversight Subcommittee on National Security held a hearing to examine the reasons for the U.S. withdrawal from the JCPOA and the Trump administration’s options and strategy moving forward. In this five-minute clip of his oral testimony before the subcommittee, Dr. Walsh highlights the clear negative consequences of violating the agreement for U.S. national security and America’s standing in the world.

Ambassador William Luers speaks with TNT World Now about President Trump's Violation of the Iran Nuclear Deal

Richard Nephew at the World Affairs Forum of Stamford, Connecticut, October 25th

Jessica Mathews at Chicago Council on Global Affairs, October 30th

NYT Op-Ed: Before you rip up that Iran Deal…

Opponents of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal often complain that the deal doesn’t address the nefarious ways in which Iran is expanding its influence and further destabilizing the Middle East. Such concerns, while valid, are no reason to blow up the agreement, as President Trump is recklessly trying to do by pressing his administration to declare, with absolutely no evidence, that Iran is in violation of the terms.

View the full Op-Ed here.

US, Iran, Saudi Arabia: A New Diplomatic Calculus?

On June 27th, The Iran Project and World Affairs Council of Northern California organized a discussion with Banafsheh Keynoush, Jessica Tuchman Mathews, and Ambassador Hossein Mousavian. Watch the discussion here, focused on the US – Iran – Saudi Arabia nexus and whether we are destined for renewed diplomacy or conflict in the Middle East.

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

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.

Benghazi Investigator Pickering Attends Muslim Forum

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.

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

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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.