Inside the Iran Negotiations: A Conversation with Chief Negotiator Wendy Sherman

What was it like to be inside the room during the roller coaster saga of the historic nuclear deal with Iran? What role did personal relationships and domestic politics play in this landmark accord? What were the key moments that made success possible or could have threatened the deal? And what lessons can be learned from U.S.-Iranian negotiations?

Join us for an extraordinary event as Chief U.S. Negotiator Ambassador Wendy Sherman takes us inside the room for an intimate look at the personalities, politics and negotiating dynamics that defined the nuclear agreement. 

Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz on Iran's Nuclear Agreement

The International Atomic Agency (IAEA) has certified that Iran has curbed its nuclear program by taking a number of steps including dismantling two-thirds of its installed centrifuge capacity, reducing its stockpile of enriched uranium and removing the core of its Arak heavy water reactor. As a result, the U.S. has lifted nuclear-related sanctions. 

Chapter 10 Update: Iraq, Iran and the Gulf Region

In the two years since Energy and Security: Strategies for a World in Transition was published, the key dynamics shaping the Middle East that we outlined in our original chapter have become more pronounced.  The response to a global oversupply of crude (including growing unconventional oil output in the United States) and competition for political power between hegemons (Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey), remain the key determinants of oil and gas policy for local producers.  Indeed, the combination of these two factors has ushered a new era for oil markets that is having a major impa

Iranian Public Opinion on Foreign Affairs on the Eve of Parliamentary Elections

Four experts offered their analysis on Iranian public opinion and assessed its implications for the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Robert Litwak on the North Korean and Iranian Nuclear Programs

Vice President for Scholars and Director of International Security Studies Robert S. Litwak is quoted extensively in a piece on Deutsche Welle. As the United States eases sanctions on Iran, pressure on Pyongyang and its nuclear program is increasing. Litwak examines the two cases, and attempts to explain apparent success in one with ineffectiveness in the other.

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US Hostages Released From Iran

Haleh Esfandiari, a former political prisoner herself, talks about Iran’s release of Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian and three other Americans as part of a prisoner swap with the US.

Deciphering Iran’s Prisoner Swap and Broader Communication

Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian and other U.S. citizens have left Iran, capping a week of significant news as well as significant developments in bilateral relations.

Release of U.S. Sailors Is a Win for Rouhani and Iran’s Moderates

The prompt release of the 10 U.S. Navy personnel captured Tuesday by Iran’s military shows that, finally, more sensible counsels are prevailing in Tehran. The early description of the Americans as “prisoners” and their mission as “snooping” was quickly abandoned. This is a victory for President Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, and other moderates. It appears that Mr.

Saudi Arabia and Iran's Forever Fight

Anyone who thinks the current tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran are a passing phase ought to take a deep breath and remain calm. Although the current crisis is unlikely to lead to a military confrontation, a much hotter rivalry may be with us for some time.