Nuclear Know-How

With the next round of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program set for June 16, American Interest editor Adam Garfinkle weighed the prospects for success with Gary Samore, a veteran of U.S. counter-proliferation efforts.

Published on: May 28, 2014
Gary Samore was President Obama's White House Coordinator for Weapons of Mass Destruction Arms Control and Counterterrorism from 2009 to 2013, and is the executive director for research at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.
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  • animalmother

    nice – and was intrigued by his confidence that Obama is serious viz military option, something I’ve never believed and quite frankly still don’t, although less stridently so after reading this – ideologically I think Obama comes from a place where the appeal of the illusion of containment would be hard to resist – I see little in his actions to counter impression that he’s ideologically predisposed to prefer the idea of containment over the threat of war. I mean, Obama signalled his willingness to Tehran to make a deal before Rouhani came to power, so that’s a pretty big red flag far as I’m concerned.

    I would like to have heard more about Iran cheating though – not just on any deal that might be signed, but right now – because that’s the key unanswered question here, isn’t it? Whether or not Iran’s participation in these negotiations is just a ruse, a set up, a smokescreen that keeps Israel on the sidelines and allows them to pick apart the sanctions regime without ever really giving up their nuke ambitions?

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