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William H. Tobey

William H. Tobey

Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

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Email: william_tobey@hks.harvard.edu

 

 

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2016

AP

February 3, 2016

"Fresh Thinking on Highly Enriched Uranium Research Reactor Conversions"

Op-Ed, Nuclear Security Matters

By William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Through several programmatic evolutions, U.S. efforts to convert HEU research reactors and to repatriate fresh and spent fuel, have significantly advanced efforts to prevent nuclear proliferation and terrorism.  Unavoidable technical and political factors have slowed this progress.  To maintain the program’s momentum, fresh thinking will be necessary and deserves support from the executive and legislative branches of government.

 

2015

AP

December 3, 2015

"Iran Lied About Its Nuclear Program. What Is the United States Going to Do About It?"

Op-Ed, Foreign Policy

By William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

The July deal did not solve the Iran nuclear program. At best it delayed it. America and her allies, however, must join together quickly to prepare for the day in a decade or so when the question will again be upon us.

 

 

September 15, 2015

"Implementing the Iran Nuclear Deal: Balancing Confrontation and Cooperation"

Media Feature

By Martin B. Malin, Executive Director, Project on Managing the Atom, Matthew Bunn, Professor of Practice; Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom and William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

The “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action”—the nuclear agreement between the P5+1 and Iran—will enter the implementation phase within months. US policy makers must now consider how best to strengthen the accord as implementation approaches, and in how best engage Iran as implementation proceeds. In this discussion, nonproliferation experts William H. Tobey and Matthew Bunn discuss how to strike an effective balance between cooperation and confrontation in dealing with Iran on the nuclear agreement and beyond. The discussion was moderated by Martin B. Malin and followed by Q&A with the audience.

 

 

AP

September 8, 2015

"Are Iranian Military Bases Off-Limits to Inspection?"

Op-Ed, Real Clear Politics

By William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Judith Miller

If Iran can deny inspectors access to military sites, it will create an enormous sanctuary for clandestine nuclear weapons work. The Parchin site alone encompasses hundreds of buildings spread over a dozen square miles. If military sites in Iran are off limits to IAEA inspection, the “strongest nonproliferation agreement ever negotiated” will include the largest loophole in arms control history.

 

 

AP

August 24, 2015

"Why Those Secret Iran Side Deals Matter"

Op-Ed, Real Clear Politics

By William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Judith Miller

It is past time to disclose and explain Iran’s secret deals with the International Atomic Energy Agency. Although the White House has downplayed the importance of these arrangements, calling them “side deals,” they raise questions that go to the heart of President Obama’s claim that the agreement the six leading powers struck with Iran will deny it a bomb for at least 10 to15 years. These “side” understandings are crucial to evaluating the potential effectiveness of the July agreement, although Secretary of State John Kerry claims not to have read them. A draft of one of them has leaked to the Associated Press, but it raises more questions than it answers.

 

 

AP

August 5, 2015

"How Congress Could Make the Iran Deal Work"

Op-Ed, Real Clear Politics

By William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Judith Miller

"The Iran deal is flawed, but its outright rejection would not advance American interests. Congress should plug some holes and mitigate other weaknesses. Most important, it can provide Iran with stronger incentives to comply with the deal."

 

 

AP

July 28, 2015

"Can the P5+1’s Vienna Deal Prevent an Iranian Nuclear Breakout?"

Presentation

By William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

On July 28, Hudson Institute hosted a timely conversation on the Iran nuclear deal with Senator Tom Cotton and a panel of leading experts including William Tobey of Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Hudson Senior Fellows Michael Doran, Hillel Fradkin, and Lee Smith.

 

 

AP

July 21, 2015

"The Experts Assess the Iran Agreement of 2015"

Op-Ed, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

By William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

"The nuclear deal reached on July 14, 2015 between six world powers and Iran is baffling. It raises many important questions and leaves others unanswered."

 

 

AP

July 20, 2015

"How Iran Will Wriggle Free of Inspections"

Op-Ed, Foreign Policy

By William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

In a recent article, I argued that both supporters and skeptics of the Iran nuclear deal have overstated the importance of so-called “anywhere, anytime” inspections. Such access is not as important as a complete and correct declaration by Tehran of all its relevant nuclear activities, and access for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to the people and documents necessary to verify it.

 

 

AP

July 15, 2015

"The Iranian Nuclear-Inspection Charade"

Op-Ed, Wall Street Journal

By William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

A successful Iran nuclear agreement would have required far more than anywhere, anytime inspections, let alone the delayed, managed access with a 24-day duration provided under the Iran nuclear deal that President Obama hailed on Tuesday. What was essential is now conspicuously missing: Tehran’s submission of a complete and correct nuclear declaration, and the regime’s cooperation with IAEA efforts to verify it. Anything short of that is an illusion.

 
Events Calendar

We host a busy schedule of events throughout the fall, winter and spring. Past guests include: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former Vice President Al Gore, and former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev.