Iran Negotiations Update: Verification vs. Breakout Capacity

September 9, 2014 - 9:30 am

1030 15th Street, NW, 12th Floor (West Tower)
Washington, DC

Iran Negotiations Update: Verification vs. Breakout Capacity

A discussion with
Daryl Kimball
Executive Director
Arms Control Association

Michael Singh
Managing Director
Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Moderated by
Barbara Slavin
Senior Fellow, South Asia Center
Atlantic Council

Does a trade-off exist between more intensive verification measures placed on Iran’s nuclear program and the size of Iran’s enrichment capacity? With a new November 24 deadline for agreement, the Iranians have argued that more transparency should resolve concerns about breakout capacity – the ability to make enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon without rapid outside detection. The five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) want limitations on the number and quality of Iran’s centrifuges to lengthen any potential breakout period. Iran may balk at these limits. Please join the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center for a briefing on the ongoing negotiations with Iran and how some of these outstanding issues could be resolved.

The Iran Task Force, chaired by Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat, seeks to perform a comprehensive analysis of Iran’s internal political landscape, its role in the region and globally, and any basis for an improved relationship with the West. It is supported generously by the Ploughshares Fund.

DATE:           Tuesday, September, 9, 2014

TIME:            9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


LOCATION:  Atlantic Council
                  1030 15th St. NW, 12th Floor
                  Washington, DC 20005

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Daryl G. Kimball has served as the executive director of the Arms Control Association (ACA) since 2001 and is a contributor and editorial advisor for its monthly journal, Arms Control Today, widely considered the leading publication in the field. ACA is a nongovernmental research and policy organization dedicated to eliminating the threats posed by the world's most dangerous weapons.  Kimball has twenty-five years of experience in the nuclear arms control and non-proliferation field. In 2004, National Journal recognized Kimball as one of the ten key individuals whose ideas will help shape the policy debate on weapons proliferation. He is the coauthor of ACA's June 2014 report, "Solving the Iranian Nuclear Puzzle: Toward a Realistic and Effective Comprehensive Nuclear Agreement." 

Michael Singh is the managing director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a nonpartisan think tank dedicated to advancing American interests in the Middle East.  Singh was senior director for Near East and North African Affairs at the White House from 2007-2008, and director for several Middle Eastern countries, including Iran and Syria, on the NSC staff from 2005-2007.  Earlier, Singh served as special assistant to Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, as well as staff aide to US ambassador to Israel Dan Kurtzer.  He co-chaired Gov. Mitt Romney’s State Department transition team in 2012, and served as a Middle East advisor to the Romney presidential campaign from 2011-2012.  Mr. Singh has served as an adjunct fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Security at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and as an economics instructor at Harvard College.  His writings have appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, the Economist, International Security, and elsewhere, and he has appeared as a commentator on CNN, NBC, Fox News, and other outlets.  Mr. Singh earned his bachelor’s degree in economics summa cum laude from Princeton University and an MBA with high distinction (Baker Scholar) from Harvard University.

Barbara Slavin is a senior fellow with the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center and Washington correspondent for The author of a 2007 book, Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the US and the Twisted Path to Confrontation, she is a regular commentator on US foreign policy and Iran on NPR, PBS, and C-SPAN. A career journalist, Slavin previously served as assistant managing editor for world and national security of the Washington Times, senior diplomatic reporter for USA Today, Cairo correspondent for The Economist, and as an editor at the New York Times Week in Review.