Nov. 24, 2014 – The negotiations table during the Iran nuclear talks in Vienna, Austria. (AP Photo)


Iran Talks: What Now?

November 21, 2014

Does the extension of nuclear negotiations with Iran mean an agreement is on the horizon? What are the opportunities and risks ahead?

Belfer Center's Iran Working Group reflect on the extension
The Fool's Errand for a Perfect Deal with Iran
How Iranian media outlets are reacting
WATCH: Gary Samore examines the road ahead in a panel at Brookings




November 25, 2014

"Expanding Joint Plan with Iran on Uranium is Best Course for U.S."

Los Angeles Times

By Sven-Eric Fikenscher, Research Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

"Skeptics might argue that expanding the joint plan would give Iran the opportunity to undermine sanctions, but modest sanctions relief is unlikely to weaken the overall sanctions regime. The joint plan has not undermined the existing sanctions. And there would be pressure on Iran to comply with an expanded agreement since cheating probably would be met with renewed sanctions. Unlike the alternative scenarios, this approach would buy some additional time and keep Iran in check."




November 24, 2014

"The Deeper Meaning of the Iran Nuclear Talks: ISIS, the Middle East and Beyond"

The National Interest

By Dina Esfandiary and Ariane Tabatabai, Associate, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

"ISIS cannot be defeated with airstrikes, and that's all the West seems prepared to do. The coalition needs local and regional support. It must be prepared to send in large numbers of ground forces for a long time. Only Iran will be both able and willing to do that."



November 24, 2014

"Should Endowments Divest Their Holdings in Fossil Fuels? No: The Symbolic Act Would Achieve Little and Cost Much"

Wall Street Journal

By Robert N. Stavins, Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government; Member of the Board; Director, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

"...[E]ven if divestment were to reduce the industry's financial resources, this would only serve to reduce fossil-fuel companies' efforts to develop emissions-cutting technologies such as carbon capture and storage. It also could slow development of new renewable energy sources by fossil-fuel companies pursuing sensible diversification strategies. Also, keep in mind that a major reason for recent declines in U.S. carbon emissions is our increased use of natural gas (a fossil fuel) instead of coal to generate electricity."



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November 22, 2014

"The Cycle of Death Is No Surprise"

Agence Global

By Rami Khouri, Senior Fellow, Middle East Initiative

"The last few weeks’ escalating cycle of tensions, Israeli settlements expansions, murderous attacks by both Israelis and Palestinians, and reprisal demolitions of Palestinian homes may well escalate into something much more vicious and terrible, but it is hard to see what such an escalation would achieve. We have witnessed such cycles many times in the past 66 years, since Israel was created and the Palestinians experienced forced exile, refugeehood and occupation."




November 21, 2014

"Regional Nuclear Plans in the Aftermath of an Iran Deal"

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Simon Henderson

While the purpose of multilateral negotiations with Iran is to reduce proliferation concerns, successful talks may in fact accelerate nuclear plans in the Gulf states and Jordan, writes Senior Fellow Olli Heinonen.



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