Blog Post - Iran Matters

Evaluating Key Components of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action With Iran

| June 27, 2015

Jim Walsh, Research Associate at MIT's Security Studies Program, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on methods of assessing the emerging nuclear accord with Iran. He argued that on balance, the agreement is likely to be a boon for both nonproliferation and for U.S. national security. He cautioned against using a standard of perfection for an agreement, noting that almost every nuclear arms control agreement was criticized and despite this have been overwhelmingly successful. He also suggested limits that would be necessary to make the agreement a success, that the IAEA will be able to determine if Iran is willing to hand over the necessary information on its program in order for an agreement to go forward, and that the agreement is unlikely to trigger proliferation across the region and may in fact help prompt further discussion of a nuclear free zone in the Middle East. 

For more information on this publication: Belfer Communications Office
For Academic Citation: Walsh, James.Evaluating Key Components of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action With Iran.” Iran Matters, June 27, 2015,

The Author