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Nuclear Flashpoints: U.S.-Iran Tensions Over Terms and Timetables

Jun 10, 2014
9:30am to 11:00am ET

Wilson Center
Washington, DC

A final deal with Iran will have to sort out a dizzying array of timetables and disparate interpretation of terms. Among them: How many years will an agreement last? Iran prefers a few; the U.S. is thinking decades. Breakout time - how long it'd take to produce enough nuclear fuel for a bomb - is now estimated to be two months; how long will a deal defer it? When will Tehran have to take what action - and in what steps or phases? And when will the U.S. have to act - and how? As the last round of talks proved, Iran and the world's six major powers have deep differences on these basic questions and more.

To assess this period of pivotal diplomacy, an unprecedented coalition of eight Washington think tanks and organizations hosted the second of three discussions to coincide with the last three rounds of talks This second event explored key conflicts and possible trade-offs on June 10. A rundown and a video of the premier event are available.

The coalition includes the U.S. Institute of Peace, RAND, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Arms Control Association, the Center for a New American Security, the Stimson Center, the Partnership for a Secure America, and the Ploughshares Fund.

Moderator: Stephen J. Hadley
Chairman of the Board, U.S. Institute of Peace
Panelists: Jon Wolfsthal
Deputy Director, Center for Nonprofileration Studies
  Daryl Kimball
Executive Director, Arms Control Association
  Robert Litwak
Vice President for Scholar and Academic Relations
Director, International Security Studies
Wilson Center