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Second Annual North American Energy Forum

The Mexico and Canada Institutes of the Woodrow Wilson Center are pleased to invite you to the Second Annual North American Energy Forum.

Five Things to Watch for in the Wake of Iran Nuclear Deal

Whether you’re about to break open the champagne or don sack cloth over the U.S.-Iran nuclear deal, you may have questions about the agreement. Here are five things to look out for in the coming days, as we all assess the text of the agreement and reactions to it:

Rouhani at Two Years: An Assessment on the Cusp of a Nuclear Deal


Three experts on Iran discussed the presidency of Hassan Rouhani regarding domestic events in the spheres of politics, the economy, human rights, and social policy.

The Iran Deal Is Good–for the Mullahs

The agreement over Iran’s nuclear program will be neither the historic catastrophe its detractors argue nor the transformative breakthrough advocates suggest. And the supreme leader’s comments Thursday that there is still much to be worked out underscores that the deal is far from done.

Preliminary Analysis of the Iran Nuclear Deal

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. 

A Transaction Does Not a Deal Make

Sept. 13, 1993, I sat on the South Lawn of the White House under a hot sun watching Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat shake hands. I believed that act (which came about with considerable assistance from an irrepressible President Bill Clinton) would transform the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and maybe even the modern Middle East as well.

Environmental Review in Canada and the United States

On March 18, the Wilson Center's Canada Institute hosted Helen Cutts, the vice-president for policy development for the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, for a round table discussion on the environmental review process in Canada and the United States. Our expert panel gave views from both in and outside government on contrasting procedures, the role sub-federal governments play in the process, how both systems incorporate the needs of native groups into their decision making, and what role concerns about climate change should play in approving or rejecting a project.

Bargaining on Nuclear Tests: Washington and its Cold War Deals

What can the past tell us about the likely outcome of current bargaining with Iran over its nuclear program? With negotiations ongoing, we spoke with Israeli scholar, Ori Rabinowitz, about the historical context for such dealings.  She provides insights from past nuclear negotiations and how they might inform the current talks. Her book on the subject is titled, “Bargaining on Nuclear Tests: Washington and its Cold War Deals.” That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW. 

Russia's Policy in the Run-Up to the First North Korean Nuclear Crisis, 1991-1993

NPIHP Working Paper #4
Russia’s Policy in the Run-Up to the First North Korean Nuclear Crisis, 1991-1993

By Sergey Radchenko
February 2015

From Khamenei, Conditions for a Deal on Iran’s Nuclear Program

Americans may be surprised to learn that Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and President Barack Obama are on the same page about at least one aspect of the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. Echoing Mr. Obama’s oft-stated view that “no deal is better than a bad deal,” Mr. Khamenei said on Sunday, “We are of the same opinion.” He even suggested he would support the right deal. But this doesn’t mean a nuclear agreement is in the offing.