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IranWednesday, February 19, 2014

What to Expect from Nuclear Negotiations With Iran

“IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javed Zarif at IAEA headquarters in Vienna on 18 February 2014 on the margins of teh nuclear-related talks between teh E3+3 and Iran.” [Dean Calma / IAEA, 2/18/14]With implementation of the six-month interim agreement reached in November between Iran and the P5+1 running smoothly, negotiations towards a comprehensive deal began this week between Iran and six world powers. Reaching an agreement that addresses the concerns of both sides and is accepted by domestic political audiences in all the countries engaged will be an extremely challenging task. As talks progress, though, and critics and pessimists weigh in, it is important to keep in mind that a comprehensive negotiated deal remains the only realistic way to… Read More ›

IranMonday, February 10, 2014

Measured Progress Toward Preventing an Iranian Nuclear Weapon

This weekend, Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reached an agreement allowing the UN nuclear watchdog to begin its investigations into Iran’s past nuclear activities with possible military dimensions. This weekend’s deal is the most recent in a number of moments of measured progress at multiple levels. Internationally, the implementation of the Joint Plan of Action three weeks ago has resulted in increased inspections and access on the ground. Here at home, a harmful piece of sanctions legislation, S.1881, that threatened to derail the diplomatic process has stalled. While the momentum is on the side of progress, this is a highly complicated issue that carries with it decades of animosity. As the next round of the P5+1 negotiations begin later this month in… Read More ›

Human RightsIranFriday, February 7, 2014

John Bradshaw at Xavier University Discussing Iran

Iran and Nuclear Negotiations, Human Rights and Other Emerging Regional Priorities Time: 5:45 PM until 8:30 PM Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 Location: Schiff Family Conference Center at Cintas, Xavier Contact: cummins@xavier.edu or call 513-745-3922 Description: Join us on February 11 for an instructive, engaging and broad-ranging discussion of Iran, human rights and other foreign policy matters with the Executive Director of the National Security Network-John Bradshaw. Registration/Cash Bar opens at 5:45pm, Dinner begins at 6:30pm, Lecture and Discussion 7:15-8:30pm. FPLC, Brueggeman Center, and World Affairs Council members -$25/Guests-$30.  RSVP to kstrunk@fbtlaw.com or call 513-651-6166.  Pay at event or send check (payable to F{LC) to Joe Dehner, 3300 Great American Tower, 301 E. 4th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. For further information, please see    /dialogue/documents/FPLCJohnBradshaw-TuesdayFebruary11invitation.doc For the original website posting, click here. Read More ›

IranMonday, February 3, 2014

Clear Choice to Pursue Difficult Iran Talks

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif on November 24, 2013 in Geneva. [European External Action Service via Flickr, 11/24/13]With the interim agreement reached last November in Geneva implemented and underway, the next round of negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran towards a final, comprehensive deal, is scheduled for February 18 in Vienna. NSN has chronicled the support for a negotiated deal, and opposition to additional sanctions, from the public, national security experts and Congressional leaders. This support continues to grow from key players. While most analysts agree that pursuing negotiations is the right course, many also recognize how difficult it will be to reach such a deal after more than three decades of tense relations. This difficulty is recognized… Read More ›

Heather HurlburtIranFriday, January 31, 2014

Heather Hurlburt Mentioned In Washington Monthly On Candidates’ Opinions On Iran

Potential Candidates Circle Iran Issue Warily By Ed Kilgore January 27, 2014 | Washington Monthly It’s unlikely at this point that foreign policy issues are going to be front-and-center in the 2016 presidential contest. But you never know, and even if they don’t talk much about it, the international viewpoint of would-be presidents could matter a lot. So I’m grateful to my friend Heather Hurlburt for her quick summary of where various wannabes stand on the top foreign policy issue du jour, the negotiations with Iran (and the new sanctions being proposed in Congress that could and are probably intended to screw up said negotiations. It’s no surprise that several Republican hopefuls are competing to see who can bash the administration’s foreign policy the hardest.… Read More ›

Heather HurlburtIranFriday, January 31, 2014

Highly Enriched Politics | Heather Hurlburt

The Iran debate is a window into the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Here’s where the would-be candidates stand. By Heather Hurlburt January 22, 2014| Foreign Policy Jan. 20, Iran and the United States implemented the first steps in the deal that will put a temporary freeze on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. The interim agreement between Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany) means that Iran will begin getting rid of its stockpile of higher-grade uranium and dismantling some of its enrichment facilities. The United States, in return, will provide Iran with over $6 billion in relief from economic sanctions. The agreement is intended to last one year while the sides attempt a more comprehensive settlement that… Read More ›

IranFriday, January 24, 2014

American Public Supports Diplomatic Track on Iran

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting. Vienna, Austria, 24 January 2014. [Dean Calma / IAEA, 1/24/12]On Monday, the implementation of the initial agreement reached in Geneva between Iran and the P5+1 went into effect. Also out this week is a new poll finding that Americans support the diplomatic track by a margin greater than two-to-one. This is the most recent in a series of polls consistently finding overwhelming support for the diplomatic deal.  In the Senate, there has been increasing support for the deal and opposition to the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act [S.1881], which experts and the U.S. intelligence community say will derail negotiations. There is widespread opposition to the bill from foreign policy experts and Iran analysts, and support from key senators continues to… Read More ›

IranWednesday, January 15, 2014

Growing Consensus: Now is Not the Time for More Sanctions

P5+1 Talks with Iran in Geneva, Switzerland. [U.S. Department of State via Flickr, 11/23/13]In recent days there has been an outpouring of support for ongoing negotiations with Iran and opposition to the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act [S.1881] introduced in the Senate. Support for a diplomatic deal has come from leaders within the Senate; national security experts, including self-described “Iran hawks”; and editorial boards across the country. A consensus has developed from those closely following the negotiations that the proposed legislation could derail negotiations with Iran and eliminate the most reasonable means of preventing a nuclear Iran and avoiding further conflict. In the Senate: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence:  “Passing additional sanctions now would only play into the… Read More ›

IranTuesday, January 14, 2014

Press Call: State of Play on Iran Talks

State of Play on Iran Talks: Implementation Agreement/Senate Legislation   Thursday, January 16, 2014 10:00AM ET President Obama recently announced an agreement with Iran for implementing the Joint Plan of Action, marking the first time in a decade that Iran has agreed to halt progress on its nuclear program. This is a significant step toward advancing our goal of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. At the same time, however, there is continued effort in the Senate toward passing Bill S.1881 – Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2013, which experienced negotiators and analysts say could derail the negotiations for a final comprehensive agreement. The National Security Network invites reporters to join us for a press call on Thursday, January 16 at 10:00 AM… Read More ›

IranMonday, January 13, 2014

With Implementation of Iran Deal Set to Begin, Congressional Action Threatens Progress

Press Conference with Secretary of State John Kerry in Geneva, Switzerland on P5+1 Talks on Iran’s Nuclear Program. [U.S. Mission Geneva / Eric Bridiers, 11/10/13]Yesterday, President Obama announced an agreement with Iran on technical understandings for implementing the Joint Plan of Action agreed to in November in Geneva, marking the first time in a decade that Iran has agreed halt progress on its nuclear program. The implementation deal is a significant riposte to those who criticized the November deal as unserious or just an effort by Iran to buy time. While much work remains to be done and a final deal is far from certain, this is  a significant step toward advancing our goal of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. At the same… Read More ›

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