Roundtables

This page contains summary findings of private roundtable discussions among experts hosted by the Wisconsin Project regarding Iran's weapon progress and the world's efforts to arrest it. Findings from these roundtables are a composite of the panelists' individual views. No finding should be attributed to any single panelist, or be seen as a statement of policy of any government.

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September 14, 2017
The landmark nuclear deal with Iran, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) turned two years old on July 14. Yet two years after it was agreed to, and 18 months after the start of its implementation, the public has no clear sense of how the agreement is functioning. One of the main reasons for this uncertainty is a lack of public...
Roundtables
July 26, 2016
This month marks the anniversary of the historic nuclear accord the United States and five other countries concluded with Iran a year ago. As a result of the accord, Iran has restricted the most worrisome parts of its nuclear program for a period of time, in exchange for relief from international economic sanctions. During the past year, the...
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June 3, 2015
As nuclear negotiations with Iran near their final stage, the question of inspections has come to the fore. If a final agreement is reached, inspections will be a principal means of assuring that Iran does not develop nuclear weapons, either by “breakout” at declared facilities, or by “sneakout” using secret sites.
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June 11, 2014
Dear Chairmen Menendez and Royce: Several rounds of multilateral talks with Iran have been held since the beginning of the year, with the goal of resolving the dispute over that country’s nuclear program. We write to emphasize several key elements that must be part of any adequate final accord, and to urge you to ensure that these elements are...
Roundtables
June 11, 2014
Dear Mr. President: As talks with Iran aimed at resolving the dispute over that country’s nuclear program approach a July deadline, we write to emphasize several key elements that must be part of any adequate final accord, and to urge you to ensure that these elements are included. The elements were identified during a Wisconsin Project...
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May 14, 2014
Given substantial momentum toward moving beyond the interim nuclear deal with Iran to a more comprehensive agreement, the U.S. administration must insist on several critical elements for any final deal to be adequate, according to a panel discussion hosted by the Wisconsin Project. These elements include a full explanation of Iran’s past nuclear...
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November 19, 2013
The U.S. response in Syria provides important insights into the situation in Iran, according to a panel discussion hosted by the Wisconsin Project. The likelihood that the United States will use force in Iran during the remainder of the Obama administration, and the credibility of that threat, have both decreased following the Syria episode. The...
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February 21, 2013
There has been a flurry of speculation recently about what to expect from nuclear talks with Iran to be held next week in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Back in December, the United States and its partners dusted off a proposal they had put to Iran earlier in 2012, with the hope that the increasing economic stress caused by sanctions would pull a more...
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February 6, 2013
During the past year, the United States, the European Union, and others have put into place the strongest sanctions yet against Iran. These measures restrict business with Iran’s energy, financial, and transport sectors and, in the case of the United States, penalize foreign companies and governments that support these sectors. Nevertheless,...
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June 8, 2010
The U.N. Security Council is considering a draft resolution aimed at Iran's illicit nuclear effort. Although the resolution would limit Iran's ability to buy arms, would target Iran's illicit shipping, and would authorize restrictions on Iranian banks, it does not contain the "crippling sanctions" that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had...

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