In the third report of the Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy Iran Task Force, we assess the interim deal signed by the P5+1 countries and Iran in Geneva, known as the Joint Plan of Action (JPA), which went into effect January 20, 2014.
Momentum is once again building for diplomacy with Iran. The election of Hassan Rouhani as Iran's president and his public embrace of a negotiated agreement has encouraged the Obama Administration and its international partners that a deal is feasible.
This month in Geneva, at the first negotiations over its nuclear program since the election of President Hassan Rouhani, Iran took an unprecedented step: It negotiated.
Three consecutive presidential administrations, of both parties, have declared a nuclear Iran unacceptable. Shortly after his election in 2008, President Barack Obama pledged, like his predecessors, to "use all elements of American power" to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions.