Perspectives on the Iranian Nuclear Framework Agreement

May 1 2015


Cannon House Office Building, Room 334
27 Independence Avenue, SE,
Washington, DC 20003



The April 2 framework agreement achieved by Iran and the P5+1 countries is a potentially major achievement for U.S. diplomacy in the Middle East. At the same time, it has come under attack from hawks on both sides, with Republicans in Congress trying to advance a bill that will subject the deal to congressional oversight and Iranian leaders warning that any deal must lift sanctions on Iran immediately. For his part, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared his opposition to a deal that allows Iran to retain nuclear enrichment capabilities.

Join the Foundation for Middle East Peace and J Street for a briefing/discussion with Iran experts Meir Javedanfar, Alex Vatanka, and Negar Mortazevi to discuss the implications of the framework agreement for both Iran and the region, and the future of the U.S.-Iran relationship after a deal.

Refreshments will be served.

Alex Vatanka is a Senior Fellow at the Middle East Institute and The Jamestown Foundation with a focus on Iran. From 2001 to 2010, he was the Senior Middle East Analyst at Jane’s and managing editor of Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst. His forthcoming book is Iran and Pakistan: Security, Diplomacy and American Influence.

Meir Javedanfar is an Iranian-born Israeli analyst and expert on Iran and Middle East security. He is the owner and editor of the Iran-Israel Observer. He lectures at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel, is the co-author of The Nuclear Sphinx of Tehran: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the State of Iran. He is based in Tel Aviv.

Negar Mortazavi is an Iranian-born journalist and media consultant. From 2010 to 2014, she was the host of “Straight Talk,” a TV show on Voice of America. She was previously an assistant editor at the International Center for Journalists.

Matthew Duss, moderator, is the president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace.