Statements and Briefs Supporting Diplomacy

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.

Full text of the document can be found here.

 

09.14.2020 | Statement by 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.

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

 

05.07.19 | Statement by the National Coalition to Prevent an Iranian Nuclear Weapon

Today, a bipartisan group of nearly 55 American national security leaders issued a statement one year after U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement, arguing that rejoining the agreement is an essential building block for restoring U.S. world leadership and national security.

View the full text here.

 

09.23.18 | Statement by the National Coalition to Prevent an Iranian Nuclear Weapon

In advance of President Trump’s address to the United Nations on September 25, a bipartisan group of over 50 American national security leaders released a statement highlighting the danger of the Administration’s policy of pressure without diplomacy with Iran and outlining a more viable way forward.

View the full text here

 

03.27.18 | Statement by the National Coalition to Prevent an Iranian Nuclear Weapon

Today, a bipartisan group of 118 American national security leaders issued a statement outlining ten reasons why President Trump should keep the Iran nuclear deal. The signatories includes 49 retired flag officers of the U.S. military; 19 former members of Congress and 31 former U.S. ambassadors, including five former U.S. ambassadors to Israel.

View the full text here.

 

01.08.18 | Statement by the National Coalition to Prevent an Iranian Nuclear Weapon

Today, a bipartisan group of 52 American national security leaders issued a statement urging U.S. policymakers not to undermine the Iran nuclear agreement. They also expressed support for the rights of the Iranian people to free speech and condemned the use of force against protestors. The statement was organized by the National Coalition to Prevent an Iranian Nuclear Weapon, a new nonpartisan network of organizations and individuals founded 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.”

View the full statement here

 

10.2017 | Managing Iran’s Growing Regional Influence

The Iran Project has issued a one page brief on Managing Iran’s Growing Regional Influence that outlines the reasons for Iran’s growing influence in the region and recommends constructive policies toward Iran looking ahead. The Administration is expected to announce next week a new approach to the nuclear agreement (JCPOA) possibly announcing a decision not to certify Iran’s compliance. It is reported that the Administration in the coming weeks will set new policy guidelines for dealing with Iran.
This short briefing paper sets out four simple realities: no conflict in the Middle East can be resolved without Iran’s participation; no conflict can be resolved by military force alone; the U.S. needs the cooperation of other states to constrain Iran and ensure its participation in conflict resolution; and Iran must be prevented from getting a nuclear weapon.

View the full statement here.

 

09.26.2017 | Risks of Restoring Heavy Sanctions Against Iran

The Iran Project has issued a one page brief on the Risks of Restoring Heavy Sanctions Against Iran – a decision that the Trump Administration may leave up to Congress, should the President choose to decertify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear agreement by the October 15 deadline.
Full text of the document can be found here.

 

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.  

 

09.06.2017 | Consequences of not Certifying Iran’s Compliance with the JCPOA 

The Iran Project has issued a one page brief on the Consequences of not Certifying Iran’s Compliance with the JCPOA – a decision that President Trump will face by October 15, 2017. If he decides to not certify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal, Congress will then have 60 days to consider reimposing sanctions on an expedited timeline that could end the U.S. commitment to the agreement, or they could decide not to act indefinitely.
Full text of the document can be found here.

 

04.04.2017 | Short Briefing Paper from The Iran Project on Designating the IRGC a Terrorist Organization

While the designation of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization is being considered by Congress, The Iran Project has prepared a short briefing paper (attached) on the subject, which can also be found online here. The aim is to provide a balanced one page assessment of this important proposal.

 

View the briefing paper here.

 

02.02.2017 | Short Briefing Paper from The Iran Project on Iran’s Missile Testing

The Iran Project has compiled a “Short Briefing Paper on Iran’s Missile Testing” for the purpose of trying to provide balanced and objective information on the complex political and technical issues that are raised by the recent test of an Iranian ballistic missile.
View the briefing paper 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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