Welcome to The Iran Project

For nearly two decades, The Iran Project (IP) has worked to address broader U.S.-Iranian tensions, improve dialogue between our two countries, and find a balanced, objective, and bipartisan approach to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. In 2016, The Iran Project also helped form the National Coalition to Prevent an Iranian Nuclear Weapon to broaden engagement of our work. The Iran Project operates under the auspices of the nonprofit The Foundation for a Civil Society.

President Trump’s 2018 decision to withdraw unilaterally from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) significantly undermined America’s national security interests and further alienated the U.S. from key world partners.

IP holds that any American president today would face the challenging dilemma of how to oppose Iran’s troubling activities in the region while at the same time preserving the JCPOA and keeping lines of communication open to achieve U.S. objectives and reduce the possibility of a direct conflict between the U.S. and Iran.

IP will continue to provide balanced analyses of the current situation in the Middle East, urge a greater use of political and diplomatic strategies to achieve U.S. national security objectives, and promote improved communications between the U.S. and Iran.  The Iran Project has authored many op-eds, provided speakers for public programs, media events and meetings in cities across the nation, briefed extensively members of the U.S. Congress, and published several reports. Through its work and extensive outreach activities, IP has garnered the support of a bipartisan group of over 100 leaders from across the U.S. political, diplomatic, military, and intelligence communities in support of the JCPOA.

In this new environment, The Iran Project has chosen to address a broader diplomatic agenda that can preserve the JCPOA that is working to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons, hold open opportunities for collaboration and dialogue when it is in the US interest to do so, and reduce the possibility of a direct conflict between the US and Iran.

We approach this broader agenda with the conviction that none of the regional conflicts can be resolved by military action alone, and that no political solutions will be possible in any of the conflicted areas without some agreement between Iran and Saudi Arabia. To that end, the long term diplomatic efforts of the US with Russia and Turkey should be directed toward encouraging the Iranians and Saudis to agree to solutions that are in their own security interests.

Any American president today would face the challenging dilemma of how to oppose Iran’s troubling activities in the region while at the same time preserving the JCPOA and remaining open to coordinating with Iran when necessary to achieve U.S. objectives. Iran’s activities in each of the regional disputes, particularly its support for the Assad regime and for Hezbollah, are a major threat to peaceful regional solutions. Nevertheless, the Trump administration’s decision to raise the level of military engagement in the region, to encourage Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States plus Israel to undertake common action against Iran, and to try to exclude Iran from participating in regional affairs will not result in a long-term resolution of conflicts. Worse, such action could cause the unraveling of the nuclear agreement. A nuclear armed Iran would be a far more dangerous adversary.

The Iran Project will continue to provide balanced analyses of the current situation in the Middle East, urge a greater use of political and diplomatic strategies to achieve US national security objectives, and promote improved communications between the U.S. and Iran.

William H. Luers, Director, The Iran Project

 

 

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