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diplomacyIranMonday, April 7, 2014

What a Final Deal with Iran Might Look Like

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaking to the media at P5+1 Talks with Iran in Geneva, Switzerland on November 24, 2013. [U.S. Mission Geneva / Eric Bridiers, 11/24/13]Today, the P5+1 are beginning another round of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. Progress over recent months has been slow but steady. Officials both in Tehran and Washington appear optimistic that while tough challenges remain, draft text of a potential agreement may be started on as early as next month. While it is by no means clear what can be realistically expected, a potential final deal will require compromise on both sides if Iran’s nuclear program is to be further rolled back. An acceptable final deal will have to significantly constrain Iran’s program and be part of… Read More ›

diplomacyIranRussiaFriday, March 21, 2014

Iran Talks on Track Despite Russian Threats to Undermine Progress

Opening of P5+1 Iran Talks in Vienna on March 18, 2014 [AFP Photo/Samuel Kubani via European External Action Service Flickr, 3/18/14]The latest round of talks with the P5+1 powers over Iran’s nuclear program were held this week. This was the second round of negotiations since the implementation of the Joint Plan of Action, which temporarily rolled back aspects of Iran’s nuclear program. The negotiations were widely received as making incremental progress as delegates focused on two of the main sticking points for a final deal: what capacity Iran is to be allowed to enrich nuclear material and the future of the Arak facility. Meanwhile, the domestic political climate in Iran remains favorable for continued negotiations as Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif took to Western newspapers… Read More ›

diplomacyIranWednesday, March 19, 2014

Alireza Nader and Jim Walsh Quoted in Bloomberg following NSN Press Call on Iran

Iran Nuclear Talks Seen on Track for Accord by July By Jonathan Tirone, Ladane Nasseri and Indira A.R. Lakshmanan March 19, 2014 | Bloomberg Iran and six powers said they are optimistic a permanent accord on the Islamic republic’s nuclear program is possible before their interim deal expires in July, after talks described as the most detailed so far. European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said today in joint statements that negotiators will reconvene April 7 in Vienna, where two days of talks concluded today. They have set a July 20 target for a final accord that will limit the scope of Iran’s nuclear work and lift sanctions. Iran expects that by late April or early May, negotiators will “start… Read More ›

IranRussiaUkraineWednesday, March 19, 2014

Avoiding Nuclear Fallout from the Crimea Crisis

Avoiding Nuclear Fallout from the Crimea Crisis March 19, 2014 Observers have begun to turn their attention to thinking through the potential second-order effects of the Crimea crisis. While it remains too soon to draw any conclusions, Washington and Europe must pay close attention to managing potential longer-term unintended consequences of decisions made today to deal with the crisis. One of the top such concerns is avoiding unnecessarily undermining critical American nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear security interests. This concern is magnified by misguided calls to withdraw from the New START treaty, calls for military-centered responses to the crisis that could negatively impact Russian nuclear policy and counterproductive proposals for new missile defense initiatives. While Moscow could take its own steps that undermine nuclear security, which… Read More ›

diplomacyIranWednesday, March 19, 2014

Press Call: Assessing Negotiations with Iran

Vienna Talks: Assessing Negotiations with Iran Wednesday, March 19, 2014 11:00 AM Eastern Senior officials from  the P5+1 countries are scheduled to gather in Vienna, Austria next week for a new round of talks with Iran, aimed at halting the country’s nuclear ambitions. On Wednesday, March 19th, the National Security Network and ReThink Media will hold a press call looking to assess the diplomatic progress already made, expectations going forward, and what impact the crisis in Ukraine will have on Russia’s role in the negotiations. Speakers Ali Nader Alireza Nader is a senior international policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, and author of Iran After the Bomb (2013). His research has focused on Iran’s political dynamics, elite decision… Read More ›

IranMonday, March 10, 2014

Keeping on the Right Path with Iran Negotiations

EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Catherine Ashton is greeted by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif in Tehran [European External Action Service / Behrouz Mehri, 3/9/14]Catherine Ashton, the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, has arrived in Iran to discuss a host of issues with Iranian officials, including negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, which are scheduled to resume on March 17 in Vienna. In a joint press conference, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif reaffirmed that “Iran is determined to reach an agreement” over the next several months while Ashton reminded that getting to a final deal is possible but complex, saying “It’s difficult; it’s challenging. There’s no guarantee we’ll succeed.” To maximize that possibility, however, it’s important that policymakers in… Read More ›

IranWednesday, February 26, 2014

Nuclear Negotiations with Iran Remain on Positive Track

Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman [U.S. Mission Geneva / Eric Bridiers, 10/16/13]Last week P5+1 negotiators met with their Iranian counterparts in Vienna for the latest round of nuclear negotiations, the first since the implementation of the Joint Plan of Action agreed to in November. While both observers and participants in the negotiations remain realistic about the potential for a deal, many have also noted that reaching a quick agreement in Vienna on a framework for the coming months of talks represents important progress. These negotiations will be difficult under the best of circumstances, making it vital for Congress to remain helpful and avoid making this important nuclear security initiative a partisan issue, and pushing for additional sanctions while negotiations proceed. Naysayers and… Read More ›

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 ›

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