As the November 24 Iran negotiations deadline looms, some analysts have worried that a double dynamic appears to be setting in. Iranian leverage has increased - the Iranians have continued to enrich and stockpile uranium, providing them with more assets to trade away - even as the international sanctions regime that the U.S. relies on for leverage has eroded. Iran\'s position has improved and the West\'s position has weakened.
American policymakers have responded to the dynamic by urging the administration to, among other things, take steps to strengthen the P5+1\'s hand.
Against this backdrop, TIP conducted a conference call on November 12, 2014, with Mark Dubowitz, the executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington-based think tank recently described as having \"carved a niche for itself in the charged debate on Iran with its intensive research and sheer intellectual firepower it has brought to the complicated and murky world of Iranian commerce.\" Dubowitz will discuss the current status of the sanctions regime, as well as some likely scenarios as negotiators edge closer the November 24th deadline.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Mark Dubowitz is executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan policy institute, where he leads projects on Iran, sanctions, and nonproliferation.
Mark is an expert on Iran and sanctions and has testified before Congress and advised the U.S. administration, Congress, and numerous foreign governments on Iran sanctions issues. Mark is the author or co-author of fifteen studies on economic sanctions against Iran. He also is co-chair of the Project on U.S. Middle East Nonproliferation Strategy, a nonpartisan project co-chaired by five nonproliferation and sanctions experts, which produced a major report on U.S. Nonproliferation Strategy for the Changing Middle East. Mark is a lecturer and senior research fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto where he teaches and conducts research on international negotiations, sanctions, and Iran\'s nuclear program.