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William H. Tobey

William H. Tobey

Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

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2015

AP

June 2015

"The Hollow Core of the Iran Nuclear Deal"

Op-Ed

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

A good nuclear agreement with Iran requires that we know first, what work has Iran conducted toward nuclear weapons, and second, can we guarantee that Iran has stopped and will not resume this work. If these questions are not answered correctly and completely before the negotiations conclude, the resulting agreement will be illusory.

 

 

AP

June 24, 2015

"Lessons Learned from Past Negotiations to Prevent Nuclear Proliferation"

Testimony

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

Senior Fellow William Tobey testified before the Senate Foreign Relations committee discussing the history of past negotiations to prevent nuclear proliferation.

 

 

AP

June 23, 2015

"The Confederate Battle Flag Is an Affront to the United States and its Constitution"

Op-Ed, Foreign Policy

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

The horrific shooting of nine people as they prayed at a Charleston, South Carolina, church last week, by an avowed racist, has reopened the debate over the propriety of flying the Confederate battle flag across the street from the state capitol in Columbia. For those who work to defend the United States and to enhance its national security, this should be an easy call.

 

 

U.S. Department of State

June 18, 2015

"Can a U.S. Deal Force Iran to Fess Up to the Military Dimensions of Its Nuke Program?"

Op-Ed, Foreign Policy

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

At the core of the Iran nuclear negotiations, there are two fundamental questions: what work has Iran already accomplished towards a nuclear weapon and how can the United States guarantee that it has stopped and will not resume? If these questions are not answered correctly and completely before the negotiations conclude, the resulting agreement will be little more than an illusion. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has spoken forcefully and repeatedly on the so-called “possible military dimensions” of Iran’s nuclear program, and its director general, Yukiya Amano, hasfrequently implored Iran to respond to agency inquiries on the matter.

 

 

AP

June 3, 2015

"Inspections in Iran: What Would Inspectors Need? What Are the Lessons Learned from Iraq?"

Event Report

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

As nuclear negotiations with Iran near their final stage, the question of inspections has come to the fore. If a final agreement is reached, inspections will be a principal means of assuring that Iran does not develop nuclear weapons, either by “breakout” at declared facilities, or by “sneakout” using secret sites. Given the importance being placed on inspections, what type will be necessary?  What inspection and verification regime will be needed to facilitate compliance, detect violations, and ensure effective enforcement?

 

 

May 20, 2015

"Don't Weaken Our Defenses Against Nuclear Smuggling"

Op-Ed, The Hill

By Matthew Bunn, Professor of Practice; Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom, William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Nickolas Roth, Research Associate, Project on Managing the Atom

William H. TobeyMatthew Bunn, and Nickolas Roth oppose proposed legislation that would prohibit funding for fixed radiation detectors to catch nuclear smugglers. They argue for a balanced program to defeat nuclear smuggling that includes strong security, effective law enforcement and intelligence work, and interdiction efforts and border controls backed by both fixed and mobile radiation detectors.

 

 

AP

April 7, 2015

"The experts on the Iranian framework agreement"

Op-Ed, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

By Graham Allison, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School and William H. Tobey, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Six world powers—the United States, Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom, and Germany, or the P5+1—and Iran announced a framework agreement Thursday on limitations to the Iranian nuclear program. In the wake of the announcement, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists asked numerous experts on the situation to offer their assessments of the framework agreement.

 

 

AP

April 6, 2015

"An Incomplete Framework"

Op-Ed, Foreign Policy

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

Last Thursday, the Obama administration announced a framework nuclear agreement with Iran that is both more detailed and restrictive than what had been foreshadowed by leaks or feared by critics. If such an accord were implemented, it would earn Secretary of State John Kerry and his team substantial credit. But is this agreement strong enough to block Iran’s paths to nuclear weapons? Or is it illusory? The answer may be that we do not yet know.

 

 

ASSOCIATED PRESS

March 24, 2015

"Iran’s Noncompliance with its International Atomic Energy Agency Obligations"

Testimony

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

Preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons is vital to U.S. national security interests. A key aspect of that matter is Iran’s compliance with its Safeguards Agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and with other related agreements. It is a broad subject, but I understand the Committee has specific interests, so I will confine my statement to those topics.

 

 

AY-COLLECTION/SIPA/AP

February 24, 2015

"I Don’t Think That Nuclear Deal Means What You Think It Means"

Op-Ed, Foreign Policy

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

In Washington, 10 years is a long time — more than two presidential terms. In the antique land of Persia, however, it is the blink of an eye. Those negotiating a nuclear deal with Tehran need to equal the patience of their Iranian counterparts.

 

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