JINSA's Gemunder Center Iran Task Force issues new report assessing the interim deal with Iran. Co-Chairs: Amb. Eric Edelman and Amb. Dennis Ross
Preventing a nuclear-capable Iran remains the most pressing national security challenge facing the United States and its Middle East allies, and a permanent diplomatic settlement that fully addresses international security concerns remains the preferred means to achieve this objective. We judge this outcome to be more remote and harder to achieve now than before the P5+1 countries and Iran signed an interim deal 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. In this paper, we detail the principles that should determine the content of that package and the boundaries of U.S. negotiations with Iran. Based on these principles, we agree the optimal solution - and the one that would contribute the most toward peace and stability in the region - would be a settlement only permitting Iran to retain a civilian nuclear power program but no enrichment facilities or capabilities.
We have now arrived at a critical moment in the quest to thwart Tehran's nuclear ambitions. The first report of the Iran Task Force conducted under the auspices of the Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy analyzes how.
JINSA Visiting Fellow Evelyn Gordon on the Mideast powder keg caused by the combination of Egypt's revolution and a troubling change in Western attitudes toward the Israeli-Arab peace process. This combination has the potential to lead Egypt into a war with Israel.