As the world's attention turns to Iran’s illicit nuclear program, Tehran’s diplomats are engaged in an intense campaign to reduce Western sanctions.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has pledged to engage in serious talks with the West aimed at resolving concerns over clandestine and military elements of Tehran's nuclear work, which UN Security Council resolutions demand be shuttered.
As recently as a week ago, however, Rouhani defended Iran’s nuclear program, claiming that Tehran “will not give up one iota” of its nuclear rights, deploying rhetoric that AFP described as ”echoing his hardline predecessor” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
This week Rouhani will address the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Rouhani has signaled that he will insist on the peaceful nature of the Iranian nuclear program, which the UN's nuclear watchdog has been unable to confirm in the face of Tehran’s refusal to let inspectors have unfettered access to Iranian facilities.
The Islamic republic is approaching a point where it can conduct an undetectable breakout, locking in enough technology to rush across the finish line before the West can act. The U.S.-based Institute for Science and International Security estimates Iran will have that capability by the middle of 2014, and so observers will be closely watching Rouhani’s September 24th speech for signs Iran is willing to make a deal that will meet the UN Security Council demands to end enrichment, shut down its plutonium work, shutter its underground military enrichment bunker, and send its enriched uranium stockpiles out of the country.
Join The Israel Project for an on-record conference call with Dr. Raz Zimmt, research fellow at the Alliance Center for Iranian Studies (ACIS) at Tel-Aviv University, as he unpacks Hassan Rouhani’s U.N. address and its implications on future negotiations between Iran and the West. Rouhani is scheduled to speak on the afternoon of Tuesday, September 24th. The conference call will begin roughly 10 minutes after the conclusion of his speech. We will send out a reminder to journalists who have RSVP'd either shortly before or early during his speech with more exact details.
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About The Speaker
Dr. Raz Zimmt
Editor of the weekly Spotlight on Iran, published by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center; Research Fellow at the Alliance Center for Iranian Studies (ACIS) at Tel-Aviv University
RAZ ZIMMT is a junior research fellow at the Alliance Center for Iranian Studies at Tel-Aviv University and the editor of the weekly Spotlight on Iran, published by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center. He completed his PhD at Tel Aviv University in 2011. Under the supervision of Prof. David Menashri & Prof. Eyal Zisser, his dissertation focused on Iranian Policy Towards Nasserism and Arab Radicalism: 1954 – 1967.
Raz has contributed numerous reviews for the ACIS Iran Pulse and published articles in other media outlets, among his publications:
"Hollow Leadership: The Iranian Predicament," Foreign Policy Research Institute, E-Notes (March, 2012).
"Enemy From Within: The Iranian Regime and the New Political Challenge,"Foreign Policy Research Institute, E-Notes (June, 2011).
"Iranian Parliamentary Elections: A Triumph of the System,'' Middle East Review of International Affairs, Vol. 12, no. 2 (June 2008).
"The Ayatollah Khomeini legacy," the Jerusalem Post (December 24, 2007).