Nuclear Issues

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Analysis & Opinions - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

The Time is Now

| August 7, 2013

Ayman Khalil asked whether the effort to create a WMD-free zone in the Middle East is dead. Martin's answer is this: The effort will continue, but the opportunity presented by the 2010 Review Conference for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) may be slipping out of reach.

Mashad, Iran, Mar. 21, 2010: Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused the U.S. of plotting to overthrow the clerical leadership in response to an overture by President Barack Obama.

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Analysis & Opinions - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Obama and Iran: Dialogue or Sanctions?

| March 23, 2010

"A powerful Iranian government with a national security agenda would be able to initiate direct talks with the United States, resulting in workable and tangible solutions. As is the case in the United States, the issue of direct talks is heavily influenced by domestic politics in Iran. Only a national security issue such as the nuclear program with the negotiation of a grand bargain would have the impetus and public support for initiation of a bilateral strategic dialogue. Creating political consensus among the elites is key to any possible future opening up or progress on the nuclear and various other geo-strategically pertinent fronts."