Press and Publications

The Iran Project regularly issues articles, interviews, op-eds, and reports. The Iran Project has also submitted Briefs to Congress. The full archive of our publications is included here.

January 27, 2022 – 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.

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

Public Statement Release & Invitation to Global Media Call April 6, 2020: Transatlantic Statement to Ease Humanitarian Trade Iran

NEW YORK/LONDON, April 6, 2020 – Today, a bipartisan group of two dozen American and European national security leaders issue 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 with host Tim Horgan of The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire “Global in the Granite State” podcast, July 2, 2019

Dr. Jim Walsh speaks with host Peter St. James Good Morning NH!, 107.7 The Pulse & 107.3 WEMJ June 5, 2019

KCUR’s Up To Date interviews Ambassador Tom Pickering Segment 1: Former ambassador to the U.N., Israel,  Jordan and Russia critiqued American foreign policy in the Middle East.

40 years on, Iran’s Islamic Revolution still roils Minnesota Star Tribune, February 15, 2019.

Op-Ed by James Clapper and Thomas Pickering:Trump’s Iran Policy Cannot Succeed Without Allies The National Interest, November 9, 2018

Op-Ed by Joseph Cirincione: Will the Saudis drag us into war with Iran? Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 24, 2018

Joe Cirincione speaks on the Tennessee World Affairs Council’s podcast, “Global Tennessee.”

Op-Ed by James Clapper and Thomas Pickering:Trump’s Iran Policy Cannot Succeed Without Allies The National Interest, November 2018

Op-Ed by Joseph Cirincione: Will the Saudis drag us into war with Iran? Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Oct 24, 2018

The National Public Affairs Forum brought together Amb. Thomas Pickering and moderator David Hartman on September 6th to speak about the future of US-Iran relations. September, 2018.  Watch the event here, and see coverage of the event on WRAL News here.

Foreign policy bigwigs: Trump risking war with Iran Politico, September 2018

Op-Ed by Thomas Pickering: “When it Comes to Iran, Will We Ever Learn?” The News and Observer, August 2018

World Affairs Council podcast with Nicholas Burns: “The Crisis in US Global Leadership and Diplomacy”

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

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.

Op-Ed by Suzanne DiMaggio and Gary Sick: If Trump shreds the Iran deal, it’ll be a huge geopolitical mistake NY Daily News, May 2, 2018

Op-Ed by Thomas Pickering and William Luers: U.S. must be wary in choosing sides, Saudi Arabia vs. Iran My San Antonio, November 30, 2017

Time to Revisit the Iran Deal: Chicago Council on Global Affairs Deep Dish Podcast November 22, 2017

Thomas R. Pickering on The World Affairs Report Weekly Podcast and Radio Show November 7, 2017

Thomas R. Pickering: “The United States should stand by the Iran deal” The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, November 6, 2017

Why the Iran nuclear deal benefits the U.S .St. Louis Post-Dispatch October 9, 2017

Thomas R. Pickering speaks with WXXI’s Evan Dawson about the Future of the Iran Deal Connections, WXXI, September 12, 2017

Richard North Patterson: Trump’s misconceived Iran policy The Boston Globe, September 11, 2017

Take It from 3 Former Ambassadors: Neglecting Diplomacy Will Hurt America The National Interest, July 8, 2017

US, Iran, Saudi Arabia: A New Diplomatic Calculus? The World Affairs Council panel discussion, June 27, 2017

Thomas R. Pickering: Whatever happened to the Iran nuclear deal? Richmond Times-Dispatch, January 29, 2017

Dr. Jessica Tuchman Mathews: Why President Trump should keep the Iran Deal New Hampshire Union Leader, January 25, 2017

Challenges And Opportunities In The Middle East For The Trump Administration WFAE Charlotte, January 18, 2017

Jim Morrill: Diplomats argue for preserving Iran nuclear deal The Charlotte Observer, January 18, 2017

Thomas Pickering and Jim Walsh: Guess who we don’t talk about these days? Iran. Charlotte Observer, January 14, 2017

Barbara Slavin and Ryan Crocker: Trump can preserve nuclear deal while reviewing Iran policy Denver Post, December 12, 2016

Thomas R. Pickering: Four ways that Trump can keep relations steady with Iran Dallas News, December 2, 2016

In Federation briefing, former Ambassador Pickering says Iran is sticking to nuclear agreement The Jewish Observer, September 28, 2016

Thomas R. Pickering: What should our new president expect with Iran? The Tennessean, September 15, 2016

Jim Walsh and Frank G. Wisner: Let’s be diplomatic: We can leverage the Iran deal to help solve problems Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 13, 2016

Gary Sick and Frank G. Wisner: The Iran nuclear deal has been a Middle East game-changer Cleveland Plain Dealer,  June 12, 2016

 Jessica Mathews and William Luers: How Boeing could benefit from Iran nuclear deal The Seattle Times, June 6, 2016

Jessica Mathews and Richard Nephew: A New Start in U.S. – Iran Relations? The Alger, May 5, 2016

How A 2007 Debate Gaffe Paved The Way For A Deal That Will Define Obama’s Legacy Huffington Post July 14, 2015

Bunker-Buster Bomb No Sure Way to Stop Iran If Talks Fail Bloomberg Business June 30, 2015

Senate Prepares to Review Iran Nuclear Deal U.S. News & World Report, June 8, 2015

Congress and the Future of Iran Talks Arms Control Association, January/February 2015

Cuba and Iran: A New Era for American Diplomacy? The Huffington Post, January 2015

An Iran Nuclear Deal is There for the Taking The National Interest, October 15, 2014

Former American Diplomats lead the Iran Project Al-Monitor, October 7, 2014

What’s the Way Forward? Essential Pittsburgh, NPR Radio Interview, September 9, 2014

How a U.S. Nuclear Deal Could Help Save Iraq.  The Washington Post. July 11, 2014

Iran: A good Deal Now in Danger NY Review of Books. February 20, 2014

A Delicate Dance with Iran The Denver Post. January 12, 2014

Diplomatic Success Always Trumps a Military Victory Financial Times. December 19, 2013.

Looking to Diplomacy with Iran Reuters, October 14, 2013.

Exclusive Interview with Ambassador Thomas Pickering Iran Review, October 22, 2013

A New Way Forward is now Possible with Iran The Plain Dealer, September 13, 2013.

For a New Approach to Iran The New York Review of Books, July 16, 2013.

Envisioning a Deal with Iran The New York Times. February 2, 2012

Ending the Game of Chicken Boston Globe. March 10, 2012

What to do about Iran? The Chicago Tribune.  October 12, 2012.

Iran Talk: What’s in a War? The Washington Post.  September 30, 2012.

Don’t Mess Up US-Iran Relations. Bloomberg.  December 16, 2012.

The Nixon Option for Iran? Project Syndicate. May 22, 2012

Military Action Isn’t the Only Solution to Iran. The Washington PostDecember 30, 2011

Hours after Netanyahu’s speech, experts discuss Iran negotiations The Diamondback, University of Maryland Independent Student Newspaper, March 3, 2015

Opinion: Cowboys and Iranians USNI News, February 23, 2015

What Iran talks mean for ISIS fight CNN, November 24, 2014

Iran, the Thinkable Ally New York Times, October 2, 2014

Could an Iranian Nuclear Deal Could An Iranian Nuclear Deal Be The Answer to Stability In The Middle East? Mint Press News, October 2014

Nuclear Deal with Iran 95% Complete The Real News, Lawrence Wilkerson, October 2014

Tehran Politics Constrain Nuclear Talks Voice of America, September 2014

Nuclear deal with Iran likely to enhance US regional leverage Middle East Eye, September 2014

Press TV: Lew tells AIPAC: War with Iran still an Option

Worldview: Iran’s Choice for U.N. Ambassador Highlights Old Wounds
The Philadelphia Inquirer. April 27, 2014

Iran Project Report Assesses Debate Over New Sanctions Payvand Iran News, February 2014

Iran Nuclear Talks Start With Doubt Over Meeting Deadline Bloomberg, February 2014

Fact Checking the Obama Strategy for Iran’s Nukes  U.S. News, February 2014.

Murphy takes on question of Iran sanctions Greenwich Time, January 2014.