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    After the Deadline: Assessing the Nuclear Negotiations with Iran

    28 November 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Ali Ghezelbash,
    Independent Strategic Consultant
    Rouzbeh Parsi,
    Director, European Iran Research Group (EIRG)
    Ariane Tabatabai,
    Associate, Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 28 November 2014, 12:30-2pm

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Iran nuclear diplomacy survives to fight another day

    24 November 2014.  Lamentable though it is that a deal could not be reached on the Iran nuclear crisis, a seven-month extension of the interim deal and a continuation of talks is the second-best outcome. It is not easy to see what will happen between now and July that will make agreement any more possible. But the art of diplomacy is often about buying time because circumstances might change for the better. In...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: I expect no Iran nuclear deal. I hope I’m wrong

    20 November 2014.  I do not expect that the talks in Vienna on the Iranian nuclear issue will produce a comprehensive agreement, at least not by the 24 November deadline. But I hope I am wrong about this. A deal that verifiably blocks all of Iran’s potential paths to a nuclear weapon – which is the only deal that the Western nations will accept ­– and that allows Iran to resume unfettered international...

  • Expert Commentary

    National Interest: A Perfect Solution to Nuclear Talks with Iran - A Deal Deemed Imperfect by All

    22 October 2014.  By Dina Esfandiary, Research Associate, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme In today’s Middle East, dysfunction is a bigger enemy than hostile states. The United States needs as many partners as possible in this part of the world to tackle the current chaos. Relations between Iran, a dominant state in the region, and the West are today at a vital crossroads. Reaching a deal with Tehran will not only constrain its nuclear program...

  • IISS Voices

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Mystery explosion at Iran's Parchin military complex

    10 October 2014.  Reports of an explosion or fire at the Parchin military complex in Iran have again raised questions about the country's nuclear facilities. Parchin is where Iran is suspected of conducting nuclear weapons-related experiments. Mark Fitzpatrick, Director of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme at IISS, has told BBC News that after so much international attention on the complex in recent years, 'it's unlikely that Iran would still be using it for nuclear...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: Nuclear latency with an attitude

    07 October 2014.  ‘Who coined the term “Japan model”?’, plaintively asked a participant at a workshop on nuclear latency at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington on 2 October. Panellists speaking about Iran’s and Brazil’s nuclear programmes respectively had both used the term to describe the aspirations of those countries for acquiring advanced civilian nuclear technologies. Like Japan, both want to expand uranium enrichment unhindered. Brazil’s case raises its own set of questions, such...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Mark Fitzpatrick: The Iran nuclear talks – a view from London

    03 October 2014.  I am happy to be back in the United States, but I do like living in London. For those who prefer moderation, the weather is rarely ever too hot or too cold. The political weather is moderate, too. When the northern bits of the island threatened to break the 307-year union, Westminster’s response was to show its love by flying Scottish flags. British political parties quibble on many matters, but...

  • Expert Commentary

    Mark Fitzpatrick: The Iran nuclear talks – a view from London

    02 October 2014.  I am happy to be back in the US, but I do like living in London. For those who prefer moderation, the weather is rarely ever too hot or too cold. The political weather is moderate, too. When the northern bits of the island threatened to break the 300-year union, Westminster’s response was to show its love by flying Scottish flags. British political parties quibble on many matters, but not...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Gary Samore: The Future of the Iran Nuclear Negotiations

    29 September 2014.  Earlier this month I gave a talk at the IISS Global Strategic Review in Oslo, focusing on the status of the P5+1 negotiations with Iran and in particular the prospects for completing a comprehensive agreement by the deadline of November 24. Since then I've spent some days in New York for events around the UN General Assembly opening. My conversations there confirmed my fairly pessimistic prognosis for a November deal, so what...

  • Military Balance Blog

    Christian Le Miere: China’s maritime diplomacy in the Persian Gulf

    21 September 2014.  By Christian Le Mière, Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security On 20 September 2014, two ships from the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) pulled alongside in Bandar Abbas, Iran. The port call, led by the Type-052C destroyer Changchun, came ahead of joint exercises in the Persian Gulf due to start on 22 September. Changchun is the PLAN’s flagship for its 17th deployment on counter-piracy duties in the Gulf of Aden...

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