The Evening CSIS April 3 2015
April 3, 2015
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Reactions to the Deal
All sides are praising the nuclear agreement with Iran despite their different selling points. Reuters has this interactive story on how both sides are calling the deal a success back home.
Dive Deeper: CSIS’s Sharon Squassoni issued this op-ed for Reuters, taking a technical look at the results and what was left out of the roadmap to an actual Iran nuclear deal, expected later in June.
Squassoni also published this Critical Questions piece looking at the top four questions on the scope of the deal and the gaps that remain.
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will depart on his first official trip to the Asia-Pacific region on Monday with scheduled stops in Japan and South Korea. The trip reaffirms the administration’s commitment to the region despite major distractions in other parts of the world. As DOD reports, the trip will focus on “strengthening and modernizing America’s alliances in Northeast Asia.”
Dive Deeper: Earlier this year, CSIS Asia experts released amajor new report, Pivot 2.0, detailing what Congress and the administration should do to sustain US engagement across the Asia Pacific into 2016.
And the interactive CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative is an excellent resource for background materials and regular updates on confrontations in the East and South China Seas.
In that Number
The amount in kilograms of enriched Uranium that Iran can retain as part of the framework agreement. Its current stockpile lies at 10,000 kilograms.
Source : Washington Post
A daily shortened sampling of our signature "Asked & Answered" series.
Asked: Are there any gaps in the Iran nuclear deal? If so, are they manageable?
Answered: Sharon Squassoni, director of the CSIS Proliferation Prevention Program: Immediately after the press conference, the State Department issued a detailed, four-page document entitled “Parameters for a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program.” This document contains many more details than the joint statement by [EU high representative for foreign affairs] Mogherini and [Iranian foreign minister] Zarif. However, it’s not clear whether the parameters document represents truly agreed elements of the negotiations or simply the U.S. interpretation and/or negotiating position.
As many observers have noted elsewhere, there is no perfect agreement. There never was any prospect of Iran completely dismantling its nuclear program. Looking forward, the foundational treaty of the nuclear nonproliferation regime—the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty—does not restrict countries from engaging in a variety of sensitive (and thus risky from a proliferation perspective) nuclear activities. The essential question is whether the international community has enough resolve to find permanent solutions to those gaps in the nonproliferation regime.
One to Watch
Mark Cancian, a former Marine Corps colonel, joined CSIS this week as a senior adviser in the International Security Program. Col. Cancian comes to CSIS from OMB, where he spent more than seven years as director of the Force Structure and Investment Division, working on issues such as DOD procurement, military construction budgets, nuclear weapons, and nonproliferation activities in the Department of Energy.
The Economic Freedom Fighters, a group of South African rebels, set fire to a British war memorial and posted these pictures on Twitter in a protest against colonial-era monuments.
Joe Nye’s new book Is the American Century Over? sold out in minutes at a packed house at CSIS last night. For anyone who didn’t get one or wants to place an order, you can find more here. If you would like your copy signed, please send us an e-mail, and we’ll be happy to facilitate.
What’s in store at CSIS HQ on Monday.
CSIS will host its signature Smart Women, Smart Power speaker series, featuring Carly Fiorina, global chairman of Opportunity International and former chairman & CEO of Hewlett Packard. Join us for a reception at 5:00 p.m., followed by a moderated discussion with Fortune Magazine’s Nina Easton at 6:00 p.m.
This Town Monday
So many important things in this town—so little time. Of note:
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace will host a 9:00 a.m. event, “The Fate of South Africa’s Nuclear Material.” South Africa is the only nation that has voluntarily dismantled a nuclear arsenal after building it. Click here to learn more.
CSIS on Demand
Earlier this week, CSIS hosted former secretary of state Madeleine Albright for a keynote address on China’s economic decisionmaking and the challenging transition toward a “new normal” in that country.
The CSIS Podcast tackles the Iran deal and the challenge in selling the agreement in the U.S. and Iran.
I Like It Like That
Eye catching things in CSIS’s orbit
PlantLab is a Dutch firm specializing in indoor agriculture. The company has a new proposal that would produce food for the entire world “in a space far smaller than the area occupied by Holland, using just 10% of the water needed by traditional farms.” These images show how.
It’s Friday, so what better way to shake off the week than a 260-pound action star lip syncing to Taylor Swift? Enjoy.
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