News emerged last night (12/18) and into this morning on progress being made by a bipartisan group of senators to introduce new legislation that would impose sanctions on Iran should Tehran refuse, at the end of an upcoming six-month negotiation period, to commit to sufficiently dismantling its atomic program so that it could no longer be used for pursuing nuclear weapons. An announcement on the proposed law is expected shortly.
Reports indicate that lawmakers are responding to several dynamics surrounding stalled negotiations with Iran, many of which emerged clearly only in recent days and have deepened skepticism regarding Iranian intentions.
Listen in as The Israel Project hosts an on-the-record conference call with Foundation for Defense of Democracies Senior Fellow Orde Kittrie. Kittrie will discuss the context and likely outcome of these latest congressional efforts.
About The Speaker
Orde Kittrie is a tenured professor at the Arizona State University law school, and director of its Washington, DC program. He is also a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Kittrie has testified on nonproliferation issues before committees of both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. Prior to entering academia, Kittrie served for ten years at the US State Department, including as its lead attorney for nuclear affairs. In that capacity, he participated in negotiating five US-Russia nuclear nonproliferation agreements and a UN agreement to combat nuclear terrorism.