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The Fool’s Errand for a Perfect Deal with Iran

Sven-Eric FikenscherRobert ReardonSven-Eric FikenscherResearch Fellow with the International Security and Managing the Atom Programs at the Belfer Center, and Robert ReardonAssistant Professor of Political Science at the School of Public and International Affairs, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, write in The Washington Quarterly that aiming for a final comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran may be unfeasible, but this does not mean that the P5+1 should cease the negotiations. They propose that the US seek incremental progress on issues of concern, in order to build trust with Iran and lead to greater breakthroughs on sticking points such as number of centrifuges and possible military dimensions. 

Expanding joint plan with Iran on uranium is best course for U.S.

Sven-Eric FikenscherSven-Eric Fikenscher, Research Fellow with the International Security and Managing the Atom Programs at the Belfer Center, argues in the LA Times that while Iran may be unlikely to make the necessary concessions to reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement, this does not mean that the United States and other P5+1 nations should abandon the negotiations. Rather, he suggests that the US seek to expand certain aspects of the Joint Plan of Action (JPA), such as providing slightly more access to frozen Iranian assets, in exchange for measures such as reducing the Iranian stockpile of low-enriched uranium or restrictions on research and development.

Iran Edition: “Nothing!” vs. “Extension of Hope”

Iran EditionHenry Rome assesses the reaction of Iranian news outlets to the further extension of nuclear negotiations with the P5+1. There is a clear divide between more moderate and reformist newspapers, which emphasize the continued prospects of diplomacy, while conservative and more hardline outlets are skeptical of the continued efficacy of the talks.

Belfer Center scholars weigh the extension of negotiations with Iran past November 24th

Kerry, Ashton, and Zarif meet in Vienna, November 21

Eight members of the Belfer Center's Iran Working Group—Graham Allison, Stephen Bosworth, Chuck Freilich, Nader Habibi, Martin Malin, Payam Mohseni, Gary Samore, and William Tobey—comment on the extension of nuclear negotiations with Iran beyond November 24th and consider potential determinants of the talks'  success in the coming months.

Iran nuclear talks headed for overtime, predict experts

Laura Rockwood, Senior Research Fellow, Project on Managing the Atom, Belfer CenterLaura Rockwood, Senior Research Fellow in the Project on Managing the Atom at the Belfer Center, discusses the likely outcome of the current phase of Iranian nuclear negotiations, which conclude on November 24th, in an interview with Deutsche Welle. She doubts that a full comprehensive agreement will be reached on the 24th, and argues that some extension of the Joint Plan of Action (JPA) will continue with an extension of the negotiations.