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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. 

Exploring Nuclear Latency

Report of a Workshop on Nuclear Latency

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Washington D.C. | October 2, 2014

Joseph F. Pilat, Los Alamos National Laboratory[1]

Have the Iran Nuclear Talks Reached an Impasse?

The nuclear negotiations between Iran and the group of six world powers bear out Einstein’s observation that politics is more difficult than physics.

At this point in the diplomatic process, the talks focus on technical details of a prospective agreement. But the politics of nuclear diplomacy loom large.

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.

Nuclear Bargains Reviewed


Nuclear Bargains Reviewed

Washington's Cold War nuclear deals and what they mean for Iran

Or (Ori) Rabinowitz, author of Bargaining on Nuclear Tests, discussed her research in the context of the looming dead-line for the nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 on the future of Iran’s nuclear program.

Sleepwalking as Nukes Spread

The recent failure to reach a nuclear accord with Iran was apparently a one-day story, rapidly eclipsed by Ferguson, Eric Garner, and sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby. As a recovering politician — an escapee from the Congressional asylum — I know how hard it can be to break out of the news cycle. Some stories have legs. Some don’t.

Iran: Diplomacy Infinitum

The headline across the top half of Iran’s conservative newspaper Vatan Emrooz summed up a year of arduous diplomacy: “Nothing!” Iran and the world’s six major powers conceded on Monday that they had failed to meet a second deadline on terms to insure that Tehran’s advanced nuclear capacity cannot produce a bomb. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced in Vienna that all parties—Iran, along with the United States, Britain, China, France, Germany, and Russia—had agreed, at the last minute, to an extension.

4 Big Reasons the Iranian Nuclear Deal Didn't Happen

So what went wrong? How come the champagne corks aren’t popping in Vienna? After all the hype, drama, and suspense, why is it that all we have to show is a close-but-no-cigar seven-month extension?

All is not lost. With a deadline pushed until next summer, the negotiations are already set to resume in December. And though critics of the deal will shout from the rooftops that this extension will only give Iran more leverage, it’s still possible that a way could be found to reach a comprehensive agreement.

Iran’s Nuclear Politics and Missed Opportunities

Already, the extension of nuclear talks announced Monday is being portrayed in Iran as a victory for its negotiating team. In a televised interview Monday night, President Hasan Rouhani made clear that Iran would not stop its centrifuges or give up its technology. What’s been agreed to is, indeed, a bonus for Tehran as its government continues to access about $700 million a month from its frozen assets.