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Olli Heinonen

Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

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July 23, 2015

"The Iran Nuclear Deal: Pitfalls & Promises"

Presentation

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

On July 23, 2015, Olli Heinonen took part in an expert panel that explored the outcome of the historic nuclear negotiations with Iran. The panel discussion, titled "The Iran Nuclear Deal: Pitfalls & Promises," was held the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

The event, which was the fifth in the Iran Forum series sponsored by a consortium of eight Washington think tanks, can be viewed in its entirety.

 

 

Belfer Center

July 23, 2015

"The Iran Nuclear Deal and its Impact on Terrorism Financing"

Testimony

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

Olli Heinonen, senior fellow at the Belfer Center, testified on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services' Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing. The hearing was titled “The Iran Nuclear Deal and its Impact on Terrorism Financing.”

 

 

AP

June 24, 2015

"Verifying a Final Nuclear Deal with Iran"

Op-Ed

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

Unfettered access to sites, facilities, material, equipment, people, and documents is imperative to the credible long-term verification of any nuclear agreement with Iran. This “anywhere, anytime” access and short notice inspections must not be subject to a dispute resolution mechanism, which would delay the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) access.

 

 

AP

June 17, 2015

"How to Make Sure Iran's One-Year Nuclear Breakout Time Does Not Shrink"

Op-Ed

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

The final deal needs to specify the total enrichment capacity of Iran's installed centrifuges, mandate a robust verification regime, and include other restrictions to the nuclear program's size and content.

 

 

May 7, 2015

Group of Governmental Experts to make recommendations on possible aspects that could contribute to a treaty banning the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices

Report

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

This report outlines the details of the Group of Governmental Experts’s deliberations, characterizes the range of expert views on aspects of a treaty — notably in relation to the dynamic correlation between a future treaty’s scope, definition, verification requirements and associated legal obligations and institutional arrangements — and presents the Group’s conclusions and recommendations.

 

 

AP

April 2, 2015

"We’ve reached a ‘nuclear framework’ with Iran. So now what?"

Op-Ed, Washington Post

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

Seven experts weigh in on the agreement's implications.

 

 

Washington Institute for Near East Policy

March 28, 2015

"Iran's Nuclear Breakout Time: A Fact Sheet"

Op-Ed, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

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

With reports that Washington and its partners may reach a nuclear accord with Iran in the coming days, a former senior IAEA safeguards official answers the most pressing questions about Tehran's program and how the agreement might affect its capabilities.

 

 

ASSOCIATED PRESS

March 2015

"Verifying Iran for the Longer Term"

Op-Ed

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

P5+1 negotiators are reportedly nearing an agreement with Iran that would dismantle some elements of Iran’s nuclear program while only providing limits on all other parts of the program. It also would maintain meaningful parameters that assure—at a minimum—a one-year breakout capability. The Iran Task Force has raised concerns about numerous aspects of the current trajectory of negotiations and the P5+1’s concessions to Iran throughout the negotiations. The following memo addresses one such area of concern, namely the “sunset” of enhanced verification requirements.

 

 

AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool

March 22, 2015

"The Iran Time Bomb"

Op-Ed, Washington Post

By Olli Heinonen, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Michael Hayden and Ray Takeyh

As negotiations between Iran and the great powers press forward, Secretary of State John F. Kerry seems to have settled on this defense of any agreement: The terms will leave Iran at least a year away from obtaining a nuclear bomb, thus giving the world plenty of time to react to infractions. The argument is meant to reassure, particularly when a sizable enrichment capacity and a sunset clause appear to have already been conceded. A careful assessment, however, reveals that a one-year breakout time may not be sufficient to detect and reverse Iranian violations.

 

 

March 2015 update

Nuclear Iran: A Glossary

Report

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

This Policy Focus is intended to improve comprehension of the main issues and important technical details surrounding Iran's nuclear program. The core of the document explains the terms used by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the world’s watchdog in ensuring that nuclear science and technology are used for peaceful purposes only.

 

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