This weekend\'s announcement that the Joint Plan of Action (JPA) will be implemented on January 20 has renewed attention on the negotiations\' winners and losers, and deepened questions over whether the West gave up too much for too little.
While policy discussions have been hampered by opacity regarding the actual details of the plan - the Obama administration has refused to release the implementation agreement\'s text - some details have emerged. The Iranians have in particular not been shy about detailing what they consider to be wins, which seem to include a timeline that has them diluting only half of their 20% enriched uranium during the JPA\'s six-month window.
Domestically, the stakes involved revolve around efforts in the Senate to pass bipartisan legislation that would impose sanctions on Iran in the event that negotiations fail. The White House has vociferously opposed the bill, and the President has threatened to veto it if it passes. The administration insists that Iran has been forced to make significant concessions upfront, and that the existing sanctions regime is sufficiently robust to negotiate successfully on the rest of Iran\'s program. Arguments and evidence showing that Iranian concessions are hollow would shake that stance.
Listen in as The Israel Project hosts a conference call with Olli Heinonen, former deputy director of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Dr. Heinonen will discuss the implementation of the JPA, what is known about the terms of the agreement, and how the various players are positioned heading into final negotiations.
About The Speaker
Olli Heinonen is a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. His research and teachings include: nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, verification of treaty compliance, enhancement of the verification work of international organizations, and transfer and control of peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
Before joining the Belfer Center in September 2010, Olli Heinonen served 27 years at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. Heinonen was the Deputy Director General of the IAEA, and head of its Department of Safeguards. Prior to that, he was Director at the Agency’s various Operational Divisions, and as inspector including at the IAEA’s overseas office in Tokyo, Japan.
Heinonen is the author of several articles, chapters of books, books, in publications ranging from the IAEA and nuclear non-proliferation issues, to regional nuclear developments.