NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION Archive

Statement on the November 24, 2013 Geneva Interim Agreement

We have released our statement on the November 24, 2013 Geneva interim agreement on the Iranian nuclear program between Iran and the P5+1. Click here to read the full statement

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A Smile or a Sneer, Little Has Changed

Prior to the “election” to replace Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, there were expressions of hope that a victory by Hasan Rowhani could lead to a diplomatic breakthrough between Iran and the West. Well the” moderate” has won, but the reality is that his election will have little bearing on the manner in which the regime conducts itself [&hellip

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New York State Assembly Passes Legislation to Build Upon Iran Divestment Act of 2012

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s office released the following press release this morning. Speaker Sheldon Silver announced the passage of legislation that expands on the Iran Divestment Act by prohibiting domestic insurers from including as admitted assets investments in any company engaged in investment activities in Iran (A.6855/Silver). Admitted assets, which are defined in [&hellip

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Two Messages from the White House on Iran

The Obama administration has issued several statements over the last two days pertaining to Iran. The first is a statement issued by Jay Carney yesterday. Read the statement in full below: Today the President approved a new Executive Order (E.O.) to further tighten U.S. sanctions on Iran and isolate the Iranian government for its continued [&hellip

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Iran-IAEA Talks Falter Yet Again

You might not be aware of it, because (nearly) every news organization in the world seems to think that it isn’t news, but talks between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency have broken down once again. The talks, held in Vienna on May 15, ended with no breakthroughs. There is no date set for [&hellip

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“Election” Season In Iran

In six weeks Iranians will be asked to “pick” the successor to the current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Never mind that potential candidates for elected office have to be pre-cleared by the unelected and democratically unaccountable Guardian Council, we still get to call this an “election”! However, given the experience of average Iranians the last time [&hellip

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New York State Assembly Moves on Iran Divestment

Yesterday the New York State Assembly announced new legislation to curb Iran’s continuing nuclear pursuits. Below is a press release from the unveiling. You can find the text, and accompanying video here. Speaker Sheldon Silver announced today the introduction of a bill (A.6855) that builds upon the Iran Divestment Act by prohibiting domestic insurers from [&hellip

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“Elections” Approach: What to Expect

The BBC has a nice primer this morning on the upcoming Iranian “elections”. We are happy to report that the the article is prefaced by a strong reminder regarding the legacy of the 2009 “election”. Four years later, two of the candidates are still under house arrest, hundreds of political activists are in prison and [&hellip

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Iran, North Korea, and Rogue Proliferation

Claudia Rosett has an important piece in Forbes today about the manner in which pariah states, in part because of international isolation, seek each other out, learn from each others policy “successes”, and are able to minimize the costs of isolation through partnerships of convenience. The most disturbing contemporary example of this is of course [&hellip

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Good Faith Negotiations? Keep Dreaming

The Washington Post reports on some disturbing results from ongoing negotiations between the P5+1 and the Iranian regime in Kazakhstan. From the WaPo: Negotiations opened in the Kazakh city of Almaty with Iranian diplomats unveiling what they described as a “comprehensive proposal” for ending international tensions over Iran’s advances in nuclear technology. The deputy leader [&hellip

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