Sam Ratner examines claims by opponents of the Joint Plan of Action that Iran's rising oil exports represent the crumbling of the U.S. sanctions architecture against Iran. The claims, he argues, are misleading, but the Obama administration's claim that exports will remain flat is still a political misstep. Read more about Are increasing Iranian oil exports undermining sanctions?
On March 24-25, leaders from around the world will gather in The Hague for the third nuclear security summit. What should we expect the summit to accomplish? Overall, the summits have already transformed the international nuclear security discussion, elevating the topic from the bowels of governments to presidents and prime ministers, motivating states to make decisions to upgrade security, increasing understanding of the nuclear terrorism threat, and getting thousands of people around the world focused on improving nuclear security. But that progress may come more from the process than from the pageantry of the summits themselves.Read more about What to Expect at The Hague Nuclear Security Summit
Next month, top leaders from over 50 countries will meet at the 2014 Hague Nuclear Security Summit. The leaders’ fundamental goal remains to prevent nuclear terrorism by implementing effective security at all sites that store or process nuclear weapons or fissile materials, or which operate nuclear reactors. Read more about We Are Failing at Nuclear Security
The IAEA withheld a report on Iran’s weaponization activities last year, Senate Republicans failed again to get a vote on new sanctions, Iran talked with Iraq and North Korea, and more in this edition of weekly news from the Iran portfolio for February 22-28, 2014.
Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall is the White House Coordinator for Defense Policy, Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction and Arms Control, National Security Staff. Among her many responsibilities, she serves as President Obama’s principal advisor on weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferation and WMD terrorism. We recently had the opportunity to interview her about the Obama administration’s work on nuclear security.Read more about Five Questions with the White House WMD Advisor
William Tobey wrote a post for the Shadow Government blog at Foreign Policy detailing his concern that the Obama administration's slow progress in dealing with Bashar al-Assad and his chemical weapons stockpile sets the stage for failure in nuclear negotiations with Iran. For Tehran, Tobey said, the lesson of America's efforts in Syria is obvious:
Reach an interim agreement that deflates international pressure for action, drag your feet on implementation, and keep your illicit weapons program as the world dithers.