The Iran Forum

July 23rd – The Iran Nuclear Deal: Pitfalls and Promises

At this fifth event, panelists discussed the meaning of the agreement and explored what’s next for all parties.

Speakers: Doyle McManus, Moderator – Washington Columnist, Los Angeles Times. Olli Heinonen – Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University; Former Deputy Director General and Head of Department of Safeguards, International Atomic Energy Agency. Elizabeth Rosenberg – Senior Fellow and Director of the Energy, Economics and Security Program, Center for a New American Security; Former Senior Sanctions Advisor at the U.S. Treasury Department. Robin Wright – Joint Fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Author and Journalist, recently returned from Iran for The New Yorker. Joe Cirincione – President, Ploughshares Fund; Former Professional Staff Member, House Armed Services Committee.


APRIL 20th, 2015: Politics of a Nuclear Deal: Former U.S. & Iranian Officials Debate

At the fourth event, former U.S. and Iranian officials assessed the status of the talks and the political dynamics that will determine the fate of any agreement in Washington and Tehran.

Speakers: Stephen J. HadleyModerator and Lead Discussant, Chairman of the Board at the U.S. Institute of Peace & former National Security Advisor (2005-2009). Ali-Akbar Mousavi, former member of Iran’s parliament (2000-2004), Visiting Fellow at Virginia Tech & Human Rights Advocate; Jim Slattery, former Congressman (D-KS, 1983-1995) & Partner at Wiley Rein LLP; Howard Berman, former Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee (D-CA, 1983-2013) & Senior Advisor at Covington & Burling LLP; Michael Singh, former Director for Middle East Affairs at the National Security Council (2005-2008) & Senior Fellow at The Washington Institute.


JULY 8th, 2014: Iran Sanctions: What the U.S. Cedes in a Nuclear Deal

The third event covered the complex questions and challenges of sanctions in the Iran nuclear talks.

Speakers: Suzanne Maloney, Brookings Institution fellow and former State Department Policy Planning; Kenneth Katzman, Congressional Research Service and former CIA analyst; Elizabeth Rosenberg, Center for New American Security and former Treasury Department Senior Advisor; Robin WrightModerator, Journalist and Author at the U.S. Institute of Peace and Woodrow Wilson International Center.


JUNE 10th, 2014: Nuclear Flashpoints: U.S.-Iran Tensions Over Terms and Timetables

This second event covered the dizzying array of timetables and disparate interpretation of terms.

Speakers: Stephen J. HadleyModerator, Chairman of the Board at the U.S. Institute of Peace & former National Security Advisor (2005-2009); Jon Wolfsthal, Deputy Director at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies; Daryl Kimball, Executive Director at the Arms Control Association; Robert Litwak, Vice President for Scholars & Academic Relations, and Director, International Security Studies, at the Wilson Center.


MAY 13th, 2014: The Rubik’s Cube of a Final Agreement

This first event explored the 10 disparate issues to be resolved in any final agreement and the many formulations for potential solutions.

Speakers: Robert Einhorn, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution & former Special Advisor to the Secretary of State; Alireza Nader, RAND Corporation & author of Iran After the BombJoe Cirincione, President of the Ploughshares Fund; Colin KahlModerator, Center for New American Security & former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense

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