New Report: Enhanced Safeguards for Iran's Nuclear Program
Author: Ali Vaez and Charles Ferguson
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Since the advent of its nuclear crisis, nearly a decade ago, Iran has been at daggers drawn with the West. The main issue at the crux of this predicament has been to determine an Iranian nuclear capability that would be acceptable to the world and defining the rules that should govern it. Failure to solve this dilemma has been in part caused by a lack of concrete diplomatic solutions. As a result, the deadlock has persisted and transformed into one of the most apparently intractable riddles of this era.
Ali Vaez, FAS Fellow for Science and Technology and director of the FAS Iran Project, and FAS President Charles D. Ferguson co-authored the report on Iran's controversial nuclear program, "Towards Enhanced Safeguards for Iran's Nuclear Program." This report seeks to address this challenging question by analyzing options for establishing an enhanced safeguards system for the Iranian nuclear program. It is axiomatic that persuading Iran to accept more intrusive inspections is not an easy task. Thus, in parallel to specifying rules that could set boundaries on the Iranian nuclear program to ensure peaceful purposes, this report outlines explicit incentives that could augur in a win-win diplomatic outcome. The report offers a set of recommendations for all the key players to reach a negotiated resolution of the nuclear issue.
What can we expect from future political and technical talks? What are the points of contention between Iran and the P5+1? What are the diplomatic options for the United States?
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