Iran Nuclear Agreement – C-SPAN

September 4, 2015

Panelists talked about the strengths and weaknesses of the Iran nuclear agreement.


As Congress prepares for a crucial vote on the Iran deal in September, our panel of distinguished experts looked beyond partisan lines to present a wide range of views on the national-security stakes involved for the United States, Israel, Iran, and neighboring powers. Following a discussion moderated by James Fallows, who has covered the Iran debate for The Atlantic, the speakers held a Q&A with the audience.

About the Speakers:

Introductory remarks:

  • Ambassador Richard Burt, CGI Board Member; Managing Director for Europe, Russia and Eurasia at McLarty Associates and U.S. Chair of Global Zero; Chief U.S. Nuclear Arms Negotiator in the conclusion of the U.S.-Russian Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) in 1991.


  • James Fallows, National Correspondent for The Atlantic and former speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter; recipient of the National Magazine Award and the American Book Award for nonfiction.


  • Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering, Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs; Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, the Russian Federation, Israel, India and Jordan; core member of The Iran Projectand founding member of Global Zero.
  • Ariane Tabatabai, Visiting Assistant Professor of Security Studies, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and columnist for The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists; Former Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow and Associate at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
  • Michael Singh, Lane-Swig Senior Fellow and Managing Director at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy; former Senior Director for Middle East Affairs at the National Security Council.
  • Kelsey Davenport, Director for Nonproliferation Policy, Arms Control Association; commentator for BBC, CNN, Fox News, NPR, and NBC.
  • Ariel Cohen, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council; Director, Center for Energy, Natural Resources & Geopolitics at the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security; Principal, International Market Analysis Ltd.
  • Larry Cohler-Esses, Assistant Managing Editor, The Forward; first journalist from a Jewish, pro-Israeli newspaper to receive a visa to report from Iran since the 1979 Revolution.

Location: The National Press Club Murrow Room (13th Floor) 529 14th Street NW Washington, DC 20045