Tag Archives: Iran

The new Iran talks: will both sides finally take the steps they have so far refused?

To no one’s surprise, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had only derision for the recently resumed nuclear talks with Iran, but for most the Iran debate has moved from the merits of a military attack to the key elements of … Continue reading

Posted in Nuclear Disarmament | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Iran and the limits of deterrence

Deterrence would become the default response if Iran were not ultimately prevented from acquiring a nuclear weapon, but neither the Cold War nor the South Asian experience offers much hope that stability would ensue.

Posted in Nuclear Disarmament | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Returning to the basics of the Iran nuclear question

While a not-so-fringe cadre of Israelis and American Republicans can’t seem to stop talking about attacking Iran (at least for some Israelis it is still a question for debate,[i] for Republicans it’s become a campaign  promise[ii]), there are still places where more … Continue reading

Posted in Nuclear Disarmament | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Uncertainty made certainty in responses to the IAEA on Iran

While Iran is clearly ignoring the Security Council’s demand that it suspend uranium enrichment, and while it also fails to satisfactorily address the outstanding questions raised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the true nature and objective of Iran’s … Continue reading

Posted in Nuclear Disarmament | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The G8 and the Prime Minister on Iran: Getting the charges right

In his press conference statement at the conclusion of the Muskoka G8 meeting, Prime Minister Stephen Harper stated mater-of-factly, but wrongly, that Iran has “chosen to acquire [nuclear] weapons to threaten its neighbours.[i] Neither the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) … Continue reading

Posted in Nuclear Disarmament | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Towards action on the Middle East Nuclear Weapons Free Zone

The just concluded 2010 NPT Review Conference not only avoided the disaster of the 2005 Conference, it managed a major achievement – agreement to finally act on a 1995 promise to pursue the establishment of a Middle East zone free … Continue reading

Posted in Nuclear Disarmament | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Iran fuel swap: a (very) modest proposal

The fuel swap proposal put forward jointly by Turkey, Brazil, and Iran will likely turn out to be much less consequential than either its critics or supporters contend. The proposal to exchange Iranian enriched uranium for reactor fuel certainly does … Continue reading

Posted in Nuclear Disarmament | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Transparency and the nuclear stand-off with Iran

With the international community’s nuclear stand-off with Iran intensifying, a new report on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament calls for a redefinition of the fundamentals of the dispute. Bringing Iran into full accord with the global nonproliferation regime will require “acceptance … Continue reading

Posted in Nuclear Disarmament | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Reversing the diplomatic trajectory on Iran

Iran’s announcement of another 10 uranium enrichment plants[i] is sufficiently out there to be neither very alarming nor of much predictive value in considering the long-term development of Iran’s nuclear programs. While not exactly alarming, the move is depressingly indicative … Continue reading

Posted in Nuclear Disarmament | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

“Coming Clean” – where the pressure on Iran belongs

One welcome result of the discovery that Iran has been secretly building another uranium enrichment plant has been to refocus diplomacy more on demands for transparency, and less on the hitherto favored but largely ineffective demand that enrichment be suspended. … Continue reading

Posted in Nuclear Disarmament | Tagged , | Leave a comment