Several prominent Israelis, including Prime Minister Netanyahu, visited Washington this week, President Obama spoke with Bloomberg View, Iran demonstrated progress on implementing the terms of the interim deal, and more in this edition of the weekly news from the Iran portfolio for March 1-7, 2014. Read more about Belfer Iran Brief—Bibi comes to Washington and other news
Robert Reardon, a research fellow at the Project on Managing the Atom, writes that hawks in Congress have a great deal of power over the fate of any final nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1. President Obama, he argues, has to walk a tight line between negotiating an agreement that Iran will agree to and convincing Congress to actually deliver on the concessions he will have to promise to Iran. Read more about Achieving a comprehensive agreement with Iran: The formidable challenges ahead
As the Crimea crisis continues, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists asked a number of experts about what an appropriate short-term U.S. response to the crisis would entail, as well as how the crisis will affect U.S. policy towards Russia. Belfer Center Director Graham Allison was among those that participated.Read more about What’s the Good News About Ukraine? No Nukes
In an interview about a recent fundraising event at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, MA, former Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Chris Gabrieli said that President Obama “brought up, on his own, what keeps him up at night, and his first item was talking about loose nukes.” There is good reason for President Obama to be concerned. The threat of nuclear terrorism is real. Read more about President Obama on What Keeps Him Up At Night - Nuclear Terrorism
Samuel Cutler, policy adviser at Ferrari & Associates, P.C., highlights budgetary struggles of the offices of the Treasury Department responsible for administering sanctions against Iran. These offices, he argues, should receive attention from policymakers to ensure the continued strength of the American sanctions regime. Read more about The importance of funding sanctions enforcement
Theodore VanItallie SB'41, age 95, became the oldest edX student when he registered for HarvardX for Alumni yesterday. Thus far the oldest student was 88 years old, but Theodore and several other nonagenarians who have registered for the alumni course prove that MOOCs are for all ages.
In addition to the first HarvardX open online courses from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Harvard Business School starting soon, learners can look forward to registering for … Read more about New Schools, New Courses
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?