Experts Speak

After many months of principled diplomacy, the P5+1 — the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia and Germany — along with the European Union, have achieved a long-term comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran that will verifiably prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. The interviews included below were recorded before the Iran nuclear deal was reached on July 14, 2015, and serve as archival footage for The Iran Project.

Listen to the following experts comment on the particulars of the agreement and its implications for the global community:

How does this agreement compare to past diplomatic breakthroughs?

Ambassador William H. Luers, Director of The Iran Project, View Other Videos from Ambassador Luers

What does this deal mean for United States National Security?

Stephen B. Heintz, President, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, View Other Videos from Stephen B. Heintz

Will Iran use the $150 billion windfall in sanctions relief from this deal to create more problems for our friends and allies in the region?

Ambassador Thomas Pickering, Former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, Ambassador to Israel, Russia, India, United Nations, El Salvador, Nigeria, and Jordan. View Other Videos from Ambassador Thomas Pickering

Does this agreement allow Iran to inch slowly toward a nuclear weapon and quickly breakout 10-15 years from now?

Jessica T. Mathews, Director of the Office of Global Issues of the National Security Council. View Other Videos from Jessica T. Mathews. View Other Videos from Jessica Mathews

What does this deal mean for our friends and allies in the region?

 Ambassador Frank Wisner, Former Ambassador to India, Egypt, and the Philippines. View Other Videos from Ambassador Frank Wisner.

What does this agreement mean for nonproliferation worldwide?

James Walsh, Research Associate at MIT’s Security Studies Program. View Other Videos from James Walsh.

 

Experts:

Joseph Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares Fund

Suzanne DiMaggio, Senior Fellow and Director of the Iran Initiative at the New America Foundation

Stephen B. Heintz, President, Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Ambassador William H. Luers, Director of The Iran Project

Jessica T. Mathews, Director of the Office of Global Issues of the National Security Council.

Richard Nephew, Director for Iran National Security Council and Deputy

Ambassador Thomas Pickering, Former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, Ambassador to Israel, Russia, India, United Nations, El Salvador, Nigeria, and Jordan

Paul R. Pillar, National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia

Karim Sadjadpour, Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment

Jim Slattery, Former Member of congress, U.S. House of Representatives

Gary Sick, National Security Council Member for Iran and the Persian Gulf

James Walsh, Research Associate at MIT’s Security Studies Program

Ambassador Frank Wisner, Former Ambassador to India, Egypt, and the Philippines

 

Other Questions:

What does this deal mean for U.S. National Security and our friends and allies in the region?

How does this agreement compare to past diplomatic breakthroughs?

What does this deal mean for Iran domestically?

What does this deal mean for U.S. National Security and our friends and allies in the region?

Can we trust that Iran will uphold its end of the agreement?

What does this deal mean for our Gulf allies and for Israel?

Would more pressure now get us a better deal?

If Congress disapproves of this agreement, could the U.S. apply tougher sanctions and get Iran and world powers back to the negotiating table to get a better deal?

Will Iran use the $150 billion windfall in sanctions relief from this deal to create more problems for our friends and allies in the region?

Does this agreement allow Iran to inch slowly toward a nuclear weapon and quickly breakout 10-15 years from now?

Are there sufficient transparency and verification mechanisms in place to detect a violation? Is the 24 day review period to gain access to sensitive sites too long?

Does this agreement adequately address the possible military dimensions (PMDs) of Iran’s nuclear program?

What does agreement mean for nonproliferation worldwide?

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