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Olli Heinonen

Olli Heinonen

Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

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AP

January 2015

"Beyond Implementation Day: A Brief Statement on U.S. Policy Toward Iran"

Op-Ed, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

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

For more than three years, members of the bipartisan Iran Study Group have convened regularly under the auspices of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy to discuss the status of the Iran nuclear issue, frequently benefitting from the input of senior administration officials. Last June, with the target date looming for completion of the nuclear talks, members of the group issued a statement offering their consensus view on aspects of those negotiations and on broader U.S. Middle East policy. As the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) now moves into a new phase with Implemen- tation Day, members of the group believe it is timely and appropriate to issue this new consensus statement on U.S. policy. The Belfer Center's Olli Heinonen joined the Iran Study Group to produce the attached detailed statement.

 

 

AP

January 21, 2016

"Beyond Implementation Day: Transparency and Enforcement for the Long Term"

Op-Ed

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

Implementation Day marked the beginning of the true test of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The success of the JCPOA in containing Iran’s nuclear capabilities depends on full transparency and vigorous verification and monitoring. While the JCPOA caps Tehran’s nuclear capabilities in the early years, the deal may, over the long term, contribute to a proliferation cascade that will make the world’s most volatile region all the more combustible.

 

 

AP

December 18, 2015

"Evolving International Nuclear Safeguards"

Event Summary

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

Olli Heinonen led a seminar at the Argonne National Laboratory on the International Atomic Engergy Agency (IAEA) nuclear safeguards on December 18th as part of the Physics Division Colloquium Series.

 

 

AP

December 8, 2015

"Next Steps in the Implementation of the JCPOA"

Policy Brief

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

When the new report is brought before the IAEA’s Board of Governors on December 15, it should adopt a resolution based on: a credible baseline for monitoring and verification; assurances, with high confidence, that all weapons-related activities have been terminated; and future sampling and investigations carried out in-situ by IAEA inspectors and experts.

 

 

AP

November 16, 2015

Strengthening the Verification and Implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

Report

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

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) puts Iran’s nuclear program under greater scrutiny than before and reduces the likelihood of an overt dash to the bomb for the next 10 years. But the agreement contains a number of notable weaknesses—particularly regarding undeclared nuclear activity and weapons- related research—that should be mitigated by adopting stronger verification measures.

 

 

AP

November 4, 2015

"Addressing the Military Dimensions of Iran’s Nuclear Program"

Op-Ed, Institute for Science and International Security

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, David Albright and Andrea Stricker

While Iran continues to keep the pressure on to weaken the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA’s) effort to get to the bottom of the well-founded allegations that it had a nuclear weapons program, the Obama administration is giving the impression that it is softening its position on this critical issue. The administration should publicly state that the results of the IAEA’s investigation are critical and are linked to sanctions relief.

 

 

AP

September 21, 2015

"Beyond the Vote: Implications for Proliferation in the Middle East"

Presentation

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Robert Einhorn

Two proliferation experts discuss the risk of other regional states pursuing nuclear capabilities of their own to counter Iran, and whether they have the necessary funds, technical capability, outside help, and political will.

 

 

AP

September 22, 2015

IAEA Visit to the Parchin Site

Report

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and David Albright

On September 21, 2015, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano informed the Board of Governors that one day earlier he had visited a suspect site within the Parchin Military Complex in Iran. A few days prior to Director General Amano’s visit, as foreseen in an unofficial draft Iran/IAEA agreement, Iran, took environmental samples at the suspect location. Amano said in a public statement that access to the site was important in order to “clarify issues related to possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear program.” However, the manner in which environmental samples were taken raises troubling precedents for both the IAEA’s investigation into Iran’s past work on nuclear weapons and the verifiability of the long term nuclear deal, the Joint Compreheansive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

 

 

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August 14, 2015

"Decoding the Iran Agreement: What Constitutes Effective Verification and Monitoring"

Presentation

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

On Thursday, August 6, Belfer Center Senior Fellow Olli Heinonen took part in a teleconference sponsored by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) to assess the Iran nuclear agreement.

Heinonen was joined by fellow arms control experts Joan Rohlfing and Frank von Hippel in the panel discussion titled "Decoding the Iran Agreement: What Constitutes Effective Verification and Monitoring?" The discussion was moderated by The Atlantic's James Fallows.

 

 

August 3, 2015

"The nuclear club: Old weapons die hard as new ones are born"

Op-Ed, Washington Examiner

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

Two flashes, one in Hiroshima and the other in Nagasaki, extinguished the lives of 200,000 people, made equally large by the amount of suffering resulting from the consequences that the blast and radiation generated. This was also the start of the nuclear armament race, first between the United States and the then-Soviet Union, soon followed by the United Kingdom, France and China.

The two Cold War adversaries and environment the Cold War generated held the nuclear aspirations of the allies at bay. The warning by President Kennedy of a nightmare scenario of several dozen states gaining nuclear weapons in the coming age unless steps were taken did not materialize. Security guarantees by the U.S. and Soviet Union to their allies, access to peaceful nuclear technology and the conclusion of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty in 1968 were medicines to curb nuclear proliferation.

 
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