Can the IAEA Effectively Verify an Agreement Between Iran and the P5+1?:
Can the IAEA Effectively Verify an Agreement Between Iran and the P5+1?:
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Can the IAEA Effectively Verify an Agreement Between Iran and the P5+1?

July 15, 2015 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Introduction by:

William Green Miller- Senior Advisor, US-Iran Program with Search for Common Ground

A conversation with:

Thomas Shea- Former Safeguards Official at the International Atomic Energy Agency

Jim Walsh- Research Associate with Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Security Studies Program

Kenneth Katzman- Middle East Specialist  with Congressional Research Service
John Limbert- Professor of Middle Eastern Studies with US Naval Academy

Moderated by:

Barbara Slavin- Senior Fellow, South Asia Center Atlantic Council

The Atlantic Council Iran Task Force and Search for Common Ground invite you to a discussion on the capabilities of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to monitor a nuclear agreement with Iran. A key issue arising during nuclear negotiations with Iran is the international community’s ability to verify Iran’s compliance with its non-proliferation obligations.  Former IAEA Safeguards Official Thomas Shea will discuss a new paper on the evolution of techniques used to verify a country’s compliance with nuclear safeguards and other non-proliferation obligations. Panelists will also discuss other potential methods to detect – and thus deter – Iran from violating the terms of an agreement.

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Thomas Shea served for twenty-four years in the IAEA Department of Safeguards, helping to design the safeguards system, develop implementation arrangements for enrichment plants and research isotope production reactors, reactor fuel manufacturing plants, reprocessing plants and power reactors employing plutonium fuels. Shea supervised inspections at such facilities in Japan, China, India and other countries.  After retiring from the IAEA, Shea later served as Sector Head, Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Programs at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Shea received his PhD in nuclear science and engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and awarded an AEC Special Fellowship.  He was awarded the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management Distinguished Service Award and is an Emeritus Fellow of that Institute.

Jim Walsh is an expert in international security and a Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Security Studies Program (SSP). Walsh’s research and writings focus on international security, and in particular, topics involving nuclear weapons and the Middle East. Walsh has testified before the United States Senate on the issue of nuclear terrorism and on Iran’s nuclear program. He is one of a handful of Americans who has traveled to both Iran and North Korea for talks with officials about nuclear issues. Previously, Walsh served as Executive Director of the Managing the Atom Project at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a visiting scholar at the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He has taught at both Harvard and MIT. Walsh received his PhD from MIT.

Kenneth Katzman is a specialist with the Congressional Research Service and senior Middle East analyst for the US Congress, with special emphasis on Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf states, and terrorist groups in the Middle East and South Asia.  He provides reports and briefings to members of Congress and their staffs on US policy and analysis of related legislative proposals. He has participated in congressional delegations to the region and given many official presentations and briefings at conferences and meetings in Europe, Asia, and the Islamic world. Katzman is the author of numerous articles in outside publications, and a book, The Warriors of Islam: Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. Katzman holds a PhD in political science from New York University. Katzman is appearing in his personal capacity as a longtime expert on Iran and does not reflect the views of the Congressional Research Service, the Library of Congress, or any member of the US Congress.  

John Limbert is the Class of 1955 Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the US Naval Academy. During a thirty-four year career in the US Foreign Service, he served mostly in the Middle East and Islamic Africa and was Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.  In 2009 to 2010 he came out of retirement to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern (Iranian) Affairs. Ambassador Limbert holds a PhD from Harvard University in history and Middle Eastern studies. Before joining the Foreign Service, he taught in Iran as a Peace Corps volunteer.  Among the books he has authored are: Iran at War with History (Westview Press, 1987), Shiraz in the Age of Hafez (University of Washington Press, 2004), and Negotiating with Iran (US Institute of Peace, 2009).

Sponsored by:
The Atlantic Council’s Iran Task Force, chaired by Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat, seeks to perform a comprehensive analysis of Iran’s internal political landscape-as well as its role in the region and globally. The Task Force seeks to answer the question of whether there are elements within the country and region that can build the basis for an improved relationship with the West and how these elements, if they exist, could be utilized by US policymakers. The objective is to develop an accurate assessment of the challenges we face. This project is supported by the Ploughshares Fund.

Search for Common Ground   works to prevent and end violent conflict before, during, and after a crisis. Search has a 33-year track record of equipping individuals and societies to find alternatives to violence. We strive to build sustainable peace for generations to come by working with all sides of a conflict, providing the tools needed to work together and find constructive solutions. Since 1996, Search has been engaged with Iranians and Americans to explore the issues that divide the two countries, provide channels of communication, identify mutual interests, and promote people-to-people exchanges. We have been a longtime supporter of the nuclear negotiations, offering impartial analysis of technical data on nuclear issues, working to strengthen the non-proliferation regime, and contributing creative ideas to the negotiation processes.



July 15, 2015
9:30 am - 11:00 am
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