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Iran’s nuclear weapons program poses an urgent national security threat to the United States. BPC’s Foreign Policy Project has conducted analysis of the growing threat of a nuclear Iran since 2007. Former Senator Charles Robb andd General (ret.) Charles Wald have led a group of prominent bipartisan experts who have developed a comprehensive strategy for preventing a nuclear Iran.

Since 2008, the project’s reports have consistently asserted that a nuclear weapons-capable Iran would be “strategically untenable” for the United States. The initiative’s reports and white papers, published articles and op-eds, and other analyses have recommended a triple-track strategy: simultaneous pursuit of diplomacy, tough sanctions and credible and visible preparations for a military option of last resort.

Deal Implementation

Does Iran’s Past Matter?
June 21, 2016

Implementation Day Does Not Keep Polarization at Bay
January 20, 2016

IAEA Report Reveals Iran Obeys Letter of Deal, Not Spirit
December 4, 2015

Analysis of the Final Deal

Iran Deal Timeline
September 3, 2015


Iran Deal and Possible Military Dimensions
August 25, 2015

Iran Vote Tracker
August 20, 2015

Funding Inspections Under the Iran Deal
August 17, 2015

Can Iran Gain Nuclear Weapons Capability While Complying with the Deal?
August 3, 2015

UNSC Action Closes Door on Pursuit of Better Iran Deal
July 21, 2015

How Does the Iran Deal Measure Up? Final Text Versus Framework‎ Agreement
July 17, 2015

Iran Deal Limits Inspectors’ Access to Suspicious Sites
July 17, 2015

Sanctions Relief in the Iran Deal: Not Solely Nuclear
July 17, 2015

After Iran Deal: Wrangling Over Hybrid Sanctions
July 14, 2015

Iran Deal: Section-by-Section Analysis
July 14, 2015

Nuclear Negotiations

IAEA Report Shows Iran Not Yet Compliant with Interim Nuclear Pact
July 2, 2015

Iran Talks: Should We Stay or Should We Go?
June 29, 2015

What Do U.S. Negotiating Team Changes Mean for Iran Nuclear Talks?
June 17, 2015

What’s the Deal? Divergent Descriptions of the Iran Nuclear Agreement
April 8, 2015

Iran Nuclear Agreement a Good First Step, But Engagement with Congress Necessary
April 2, 2015

What to Look for in a Nuclear Deal with Iran
March 30, 2015

Good Deal or No Deal? Recommendation for Independent Review of Iran Nuclear Agreement
March 26, 2015

Robb and Wald in The Hill: Bipartisanship is our strongest ally against Iran
March 24, 2015

Update on Iran’s Nuclear Program
February 23, 2015

Congress and the White House Need Each Other on Iran
January 20, 2015

Iran Nuclear Negotiations Crash Course
November 20, 2014

Evaluating a Nuclear Deal with Iran
July 17, 2014

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Iran Nuclear Deal

Reports, Staff Papers, and Analyses

State of the Union Against a Nuclear Iran, January 21, 2015

Update on Iran’s Nuclear Program, November 20, 2014

Update on Iran’s Nuclear Program, September 9, 2014

As Deadline for Iran Deal Nears, Congress Makes Voice Heard, July 16, 2014

Update on Iran’s Nuclear Program, June 5, 2014

5 Facts about Nuclear Inspections in Iran, April 23, 2014

A Tale of Two Irans in New IAEA Report, February 24, 2014

The IAEA and the Interim Deal: Funding Challenges, December 11, 2013

Iranian Centrifuge Advances, November 27, 2013

Iran’s Nuclear Program: Pre- and Post-Interim Deal, November 25, 2013

Accommodation by Any Other Name: Iran’s “Framework for Cooperation” with the IAEA, November 19, 2013

Update on Iran’s Nuclear Program, November 15, 2013

Conditional Sanctions and Repeal Authority: A Mechanism for Legislative-Executive Cooperation on Negotiations with Iran, November 8, 2013

Will the Results of Iran’s Presidential Election Bring Meaningful Change?, June 18, 2013

House Bill Echoes BPC Recommendation for Assessing Sanctions Against Iran’s Nuclear Program, April 3, 2013

Buying Time and Speeding Up?: Iran’s Mixed Signals, February 13, 2013

The Price of Inaction: An Analysis of Energy and Economic Effects of a Nuclear Iran, October 10, 2012

Principles for Negotiating With Iran, April 9, 2012

Establishing a Credible Threat Against Iran’s Nuclear Program, March 30, 2012

Assessing the Effectiveness of Sanctions on Iran: A Call for Independent Review, March 19, 2012

Meeting the Challenge: Stopping the Clock, February 1, 2012

Iran’s Nuclear Program: Status and Breakout Timing, September 12, 2011

Meeting the Challenge: When Time Runs Out, June 23, 2010

Meeting the Challenge: Time Is Running Out, September 15, 2009

Meeting the Challenge: U.S. Policy Toward Iranian Nuclear Development, September 19, 2008

Bold denotes major reports.

Publications and Media Highlights

The Hill: Robb, Wald and Misztal: A good deal with Iran requires Congress, October 28, 2014

National JournalThink Tank Calls for U.N. Funding Boost for Iran Nuclear Inspections, February 19, 2014

The Hill: Misztal and Rademaker: After deal with Iran, fund and verify, January 28, 2014

CNN: Iran deal risks creating another North Korea, November 24, 2013

The Hill: Robb, Wald and Misztal: A path forward on Iran, November 19, 2013

TIME: The Fight for a “Right”: How an Iran Deal Might Hinge on One Simple Word, November 18, 2013

The Hill: Congress could thwart Iran deal, November 9, 2013

USA TODAY: No deal reached in talks on Iran’s nuclear program, November 9, 2013

TIME: Netanyahu Complicates Obama’s Iran Effort, November 8, 2013

The Christian Science Monitor: Misztal: The only US policy on Iran that will work: common ground, September 26, 2013

Roll Call: Misztal: Iran’s Nuclear Clock Is Ticking; Who’s Watching?, August 2, 2013

The Weekly Standard: Makovsky and Misztal: Lessons from Syria for Iran, June 6, 2013

U.S. News and World Report: On Iran and Nukes, Talk Has Been Costly, March 9, 2013

The Weekly Standard: Makovsky and Misztal: Iran’s Shrewd Move, February 22, 2013

The Wall Street Journal: Robb, Ross, and Makovsky: The Economic Cost of a Nuclear Iran, December 17, 2012

The Weekly Standard: Makovsky and Misztal: Hot Debate Over Red Lines, September 14, 2012

The Los Angeles Times: U.N. report details Iran progress on nuclear development, August 30, 2012

The Wall Street Journal: Makovsky and Misztal: Iran Has No ‘Right’ To Enrich Uranium, July 9, 2012

American Abroad Media (RADIO): Iran and the Bomb: What’s next? A roundtable discussion, April 5, 2012

NPR’s On Point (RADIO): Weighing The Iranian Threat, March 6, 2012

The Weekly Standard: Makovsky and Misztal: The Red Line for Iran, March 2, 2012

CNN’s OutFront (VIDEO): Israel, U.S. ‘talking up the military option’ on Iran, March 2, 2012

U.S. News and World Report: Zuckerman: Obama Must Act Promptly to Prevent a Nuclear Iran, March 1, 2012

The Wall Street Journal: Robb and Wald: Bolstering the Military Option on Iran, February 8, 2012

Reuters: Group urges credible U.S. military threat to Iran, February 1, 2012

Al Jazeera: US report urges tougher stance against Iran, February 1, 2012

The Weekly Standard: Makovsky and Goldstein: The Real Oil Shock, January 8, 2012


Looming Deadline and Unanswered Questions: What’s Next for the P5+1 and Iran, November 20, 2014

Are We Heading Towards a Bad Deal with Iran?, September 30, 2014

High Standards and High Stakes: Defining Terms of an Acceptable Iran Nuclear Deal, July, 17, 2014

Iran Sanctions: Tool or Hindrance?, September 17, 2013

The Price of Inaction: Energy and Economic Effects of a Nuclear Iran, October 10, 2012

Solution or Stall? The Next Round of Talks with Iran, May 14, 2012

Stopping the Clock on Iran’s Nuclear Development, February 1, 2012

Can a Nuclear Iran be Contained?, June 8, 2010

Time Is Running Out: What Now for the US and Iran?, November 23, 2009

Meeting the Challenge: Time Is Running Out, September 15, 2009

Panel discussion on BPC report: Meeting the Challenge: U.S. Policy toward Iran’s Nuclear Development, February 26, 2009

Letters and Testimony

Testimony of Stephen Rademaker to the House Foreign Relations Committee, April 22, 2015

Letter to Senators Leahy and Graham on Funding for IAEA Inspections in Iran, February 10, 2014

Statement by BPC Foreign Policy Project Acting Director Blaise Misztal to the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, July 9, 2013

BPC Iran Task Force members Senator Charles Robb and Stephen Rademaker testify to House Armed Services Committee on the Iranian nuclear challenge, June 20, 2012

Michael Makovsky’s Testimony to the House Committee on Foreign Relations’ Subcommittee Hearing, “Shifting Sands: Political Transitions in the Middle East,” April 14, 2011