• Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Ten ways to build on the Iran nuclear deal

    30 September 2015.  Once the Iran nuclear accord survived the 60-day US Congressional review period, attention turned to how to prevent Iran from cheating and how to constrain its problematic behaviour in other areas. Less ink has been spilt, however, on how to expand on the deal to further reduce nuclear dangers and regional instability. Call me Pollyanna, but here are ten ways to build on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). 1...

  • Survival

    Iran: An Experiment in Strategic Risk-Taking

    22 September 2015.  The Vienna agreement is the most detailed non-proliferation agreement ever devised, but we will only know in a few years if it was a reasonable bet.

  • Survival

    Iran: An Opening for Diplomacy?

    22 September 2015.  The nuclear deal is a reaffirmation that complex issues should be resolved, wherever possible, through dialogue rather than confrontation.

  • Survival

    Iran: A Good Deal

    22 September 2015.  Criticising the Iran deal for failing to achieve zero enrichment is equivalent to arguing against any diplomatic outcome.

  • Survival

    The Limits of Iranian Power

    22 September 2015.  The changing configuration of power in the Middle East places serious constraints on Iran’s ability to project its influence.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Thomas C. Moore: Iran – Non-Proliferation Overshadowed

    16 September 2015.  The world’s major powers once agreed that Iran was no place for uranium enrichment or the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel. United after 9/11 and the jarring revelation of the A.Q. Khan proliferation network, they worked to defeat nuclear proliferation and terrorism – and the nexus of the two in Iran – without military force. They launched criteria-of-supply negotiations in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG); a moratorium on transfers of...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Avis Bohlen: Iran – An Opening for Diplomacy?

    16 September 2015.  Negotiation is an essential tool of diplomacy, as weapons are of war. The recently concluded Iran deal represents a major diplomatic achievement arrived at by long and patient negotiation. Its significance is likely to go far beyond the terms of the accord itself and must be judged in a broader diplomatic and strategic context. The Iran nuclear deal is important first and foremost for the stringent limits it places on...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Bruno Tertrais: Iran – An Experiment in Strategic Risk-Taking

    16 September 2015.  The luxury of being a policy analyst is that one can afford to say what politicians cannot: ‘it’s complicated’. If I had been voting on the 14 July nuclear deal with Iran, I would have had to abstain. American and European diplomats worked hard to close most of the avenues and loopholes that Iran could exploit to advance its nuclear programme. The enriched-uranium stockpile and the number of centrifuges will be...

  • Survival

    Iran: Non-Proliferation Overshadowed

    15 September 2015.  The tools that succeeded beyond all other non-military means in changing Iran’s behaviour were the sanctions that this deal abolishes.

  • Events

    The Middle East after the Iran Nuclear Deal

    11 September 2015. 

    Corporate Breakfast
    Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, IISS-Middle East

    Arundel House, London 

    Friday 11 September 2015, 8–9am 

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