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Iran and the P5+1: Getting to “Yes”

Middle East Briefing N°40, 27 August 2014

EU Deputy Secretary General Helga Schmid, Vice President of the European Commission Catherine Margaret Ashton, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Mohammad Zarif, and Iranian ambassador to Austria Hassan Tajik attend a meeting at the so called EU 5+1 talks with Iran at the UN headquarters in Vienna, on July 3, 2014.

November’s deadline could be the last chance to avoid a breakdown in the Iran and the P5+1 nuclear talks. Compromise on Iran’s enrichment capacity is key to ending the impasse, requiring both sides to walk back from maximalist positions and focus on realistic solutions.

Recent Reports

Iran and the P5+1: Getting to “Yes”, Middle East Briefing N°40, 27 Aug 2014

November’s deadline could be the last chance to avoid a breakdown in the Iran and the P5+1 nuclear talks. Compromise on Iran’s enrichment capacity is key to ending the impasse, requiring both sides to walk back from maximalist positions and focus on realistic solutions.

Iran and the P5+1: Solving the Nuclear Rubik’s Cube, Middle East Report N°152, 9 May 2014

A comprehensive nuclear accord may be in reach if both sides – Iran and the Security Council permanent members plus Germany – show determination to settle on a technical agreement and isolate the deal from its complex regional context.

Great Expectations: Iran’s New President and the Nuclear Talks, Middle East Briefing N°36, 13 Aug 2013

In the midst of dispiriting events sweeping the region, Hassan Rouhani’s 4 August swearing in as Iran’s president offers a rare and welcome glimmer of hope. 中文

Spider Web: The Making and Unmaking of Iran Sanctions, Middle East Report N°138, 25 Feb 2013

For some, a tool to rein in Iran’s nuclear ambitions, for Tehran an illegitimate intrusion into domestic affairs: what is clear is that sanctions have, as yet, failed in diminishing dangerous tensions on the core question of whether Iran’s nuclear goals are military or merely civilian. 中文

The P5+1, Iran and the Perils of Nuclear Brinkmanship, Middle East Briefing N°34, 15 Jun 2012

The nuclear negotiations with Iran that resume in Moscow on Monday are likely to hit a wall and, without a change in approach, risk break-down with dire consequences. 

русский

In Heavy Waters: Iran’s Nuclear Program, the Risk of War and Lessons from Turkey, Middle East and Europe Report N°116, 23 Feb 2012

As the standoff over Iran’s nuclear program edges closer to military confrontation, talks may be a way out but require mutual compromise and Western abandonment of the notion that a mix of threats and crippling sanctions will force Iran to back down.

Türkçe

The Iran Nuclear Issue: The View from Beijing, Asia Briefing N°100, 17 Feb 2010

The revelation in 2009 of nuclear facilities near Qom intensified international criticism of Iran’s opaque nuclear development.

中文

U.S.-Iranian Engagement: The View from Tehran, Middle East Briefing N°28, 2 Jun 2009

For perhaps the first time since Iran and the U.S. broke ties in 1980, there are real prospects for fundamental change.

עברית

Iran: Ahmadi-Nejads Tumultuous Presidency, Middle East Briefing N°21, 6 Feb 2007

Though much of the focus since Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad’s June 2005 electoral victory has been on Iran’s foreign policy, the fate of his presidency will ride at least as much on his domestic performance.

Iran: Is There a Way Out of the Nuclear Impasse?, Middle East Report N°51 , 23 Feb 2006

There is no easy way out of the Iranian nuclear dilemma. Iran, emboldened by the situation in Iraq and soaring oil prices, and animated by a combination of insecurity and assertive nationalism, insists on its right to develop full nuclear fuel cycle capability, including the ability to enrich uranium.

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Statement

Iran

The Iran Nuclear Accord: First Step in a Long Journey

25 November 2013: The International Crisis Group strongly welcomes the 24 November agreement between Iran and the P5+1 (five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany).

Interactive Presentation

Iran

Spider Web: The Making and Unmaking of Iran Sanctions

March 2013: This interactive highlights the major unilateral, multilateral and international sanctions imposed on Iran and breaks them down by year, economic impact, trigger, targets and reversibility.

Videos

Iran Nuclear Talks

Iran's Nuclear Crisis

27 May 2014: Ali Vaez, Senior Iran Analyst for the International Crisis Group, discusses the latest developments in nuclear negotiations between the P5+1 and suggests a way forward that would satisfy all sides.

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International Crisis Group at Work: Iran

7 March 2013: Ali Vaez, Senior Iran Analyst for the International Crisis Group, discusses the latest round of talks between Iran and the P5+1 on sanctions and Iran's nuclear enrichment program.

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Iran & the Nuclear Talks

26 June 2012: Ali Vaez, Crisis Group's Senior Iran Analyst, discusses the latest round of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 and advises how best to avoid a military confrontation.

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