Now that the dust has begun to settle on the nuclear deal with Iran, we asked two expert observers, Haleh Esfandiari and Robert Litwak, to provide preliminary analysis. Both have been following the story since the beginning and bring unique perspectives on the deal’s strengths and weaknesses, and also on reactions in both Iran and the US.  That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW. 

Haleh Esfandiari is Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Dr. Esfandiari has taught Persian language at Oxford University and also taught Persian language, contemporary Persian literature as well as courses on the women's movement in Iran at Princeton University. Prior to Princeton, she served as Deputy Secretary General of the Women's Organization of Iran. She has also worked as a journalist in Iran and taught at the College of Mass Communication in Tehran. Her memoir, “My Prison, My Home,” based on Esfandiari’s arrest by Iranian security authorities in 2007, after which she spent 105 days in solitary confinement in Tehran’s Evin Prison, was published in September 2009 by Ecco Press, an imprint of Harper Collins. The paperback edition was released in October 2010.

Robert Litwak is Vice President for Scholars and Director of International Security Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and a Consultant to the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Litwak served on the National Security Council staff as Director for Nonproliferation in the first Clinton administration. His most recent books are, “Outlier States: American Strategies to Contain, Engage, or Change Regimes;” “Regime Change: U.S. Strategy through the Prism of 9/11;” and “Rogue States and U.S. Foreign Policy: Containment after the Cold War.” Litwak has held visiting fellowships at Harvard University's Center for International Affairs, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Russian Academy of Sciences, Oxford University, and the United States Institute of Peace. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and received a doctorate in international relations from the London School of Economics.

John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he was host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.