Letters Supporting Diplomacy

09.09.2017 | 47 National Security Leaders Propose a Comprehensive Policy to Constrain Iran

Today, 47 national security leaders issued a statement warning against U.S. withdrawal from the international nuclear agreement with Iran, as long as Iran is complying, and recommending a comprehensive policy toward Iran that furthers U.S. national security interests.

View the full text here.  

07.11.2016 | 75 National Security Leaders Applaud President Obama on Anniversary of JCPOA

Today, around the one year anniversary of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), 75 national security leaders issued a letter to President Obama applauding the landmark diplomatic accord and encouraging greater engagement between the U.S. and Iran.

The 75 signers include:
  • 23 former ambassadors (including 5 US ambassadors to Israel)
  • 14 former members of Congress
  • 7 scientists including 3 Nobel laureates
  • 8 generals including two four-stars
  • 6 former members of the National Security Council
  • 5 former Defense Department officials, including 2 assistant secretaries

View the full text here.

07.20.2015 | Statement by National Security Leaders on the Announcement of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

We applaud the announcement that a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has been reached with Iran to limit its nuclear program. We congratulate President Obama and all the negotiators for a landmark agreement unprecedented in its importance for preventing the acquisition of nuclear weapons by Iran.

Read the full statement here.

04.06.2013 | The Iran Project Statement on the Announcement of a Framework for a Comprehensive Nuclear Agreement with Iran

We welcome the announcement that the U.S. government and other major world powers have reached a framework accord to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

This achievement is the result of the sustained effort of the Foreign Ministers of seven governments spanning nearly 18 months, to put in place a set of constraints and inspections that would limit Iran’s nuclear program to peaceful purposes.

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12.3.2013 | Nine Former U.S. Ambassadors to Israel and Under Secretaries of State Support the Interim Agreement

World leaders recently announced the agreement to freeze Iran’s nuclear program for six months, allowing negotiators time to achieve a long-term agreement. A growing group of US and Israeli officials has voiced support for the interim agreement as an important step toward a diplomatic solution to the Iran nuclear challenge. Read the full text of their letters to U.S. Leadership.

Signatories: Michael Armacost, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs; Nicholas Burns, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs; Edward Djerejian, former Ambassador to Israel; William Harrop, former Ambassador to Israel; Daniel Kurtzer, former Ambassador to Israel; Samuel Lewis, former Ambassador to Israel; Thomas R. Pickering, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and former Ambassador to Israel; Edward S. Walker Jr., former Ambassador to Israel; Frank G. Wisner, former Under Secretary of State for International Security Affairs and Under Secretary of Defense for Policy {To speak with one of the signers, contact us.}

11.20.2013 | Madeleine Albright Supports Obama on Iran Nuclear Diplomacy 

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is delivering a letter to the leadership of the Senate and the House of Representatives supporting President Obama’s efforts to achieve a diplomatic solution on Iran’s nuclear program.

Albright, secretary of state under President Bill Clinton, joins a growing group of senior security experts in support of diplomacy with Iran. Former National Security Advisors Zbigniew Brzezinski and Brent Scowcroft wrote a letter to congressional leaders earlier this week applauding the Obama administration’s efforts to achieve a diplomatic solution to the Iran nuclear standoff.

Brzezinski, Scowcroft Support Obama on Iran
Former National Security Advisors Zbigniew Brzezinski and Brent Scowcroft sent a letter yesterday to the leadership of the Senate and the House of Representatives supporting President Obama’s efforts to achieve a diplomatic solution on Iran’s nuclear program.Brent Scowcroft served as the national security advisor to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush. Zbigniew Brzezinski was national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter. The letter comes as US and allies enter a new round of negotiations with Iran this week in Geneva. Many expect the talks to result in concrete steps toward an agreement on Iran’s controversial nuclear activities.

Brzezinski and Scowcroft cautioned against new sanctions on Tehran being considered in Congress.

“Additional sanctions now against Iran with the view to extracting even more concessions in the negotiations will risk undermining or even shutting down the negotiations.”

The letter is the latest in a wave of bipartisan support for President Obama’s approach to Iran’s nuclear program by many of America’s leading national security experts. Earlier this month, a bipartisan group of 79 former military and diplomatic leaders, intelligence officials, policymakers, and senior security experts applauded efforts to achieve a diplomatic solution to the Iran nuclear standoff.



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