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Between the 'First Step' with Iran and Nuclear Fallout with Israel

Dennis Ross, Olli Heinonen, and Robert Satloff

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November 19, 2013


Dennis Ross, former senior Middle East advisor to President Obama, Olli Heinonen, former deputy director-general of the IAEA, and Robert Satloff debate the terms of an emerging interim nuclear deal with Iran and the implications for U.S. allies in the region.

Iranian and P5+1 negotiators return to Geneva on November 20 after failing to close a "first step" agreement designed to cap Iran's nuclear progress in exchange for limited sanctions relief. The prospect of that partial accord has provoked strong opposition from Israel and certain Arab states as well as congressional advocates for a full enrichment suspension now.

To discuss the strategic, political, and technical aspects of the proposed agreement, The Washington Institute is pleased to host a Policy Forum with Dennis Ross, Olli Heinonen, and Robert Satloff.

Download Olli Heinonen's technical presentation [PPT].

Dennis Ross is counselor at The Washington Institute and former senior Middle East advisor to President Obama.

Olli Heinonen is a senior fellow with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University and a former deputy director-general for safeguards at the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Robert Satloff is executive director of The Washington Institute.