With the JPOA deadline for the negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran rapidly approaching, what questions remain unanswered and what next steps should Congress be considering in response to any scenario?
The in-depth discussion, hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI), featured remarks by Sen. Mark Kirk and Rep. Ted Deutch; and a conversation with Amb. Eric Edelman; former deputy director at International Atomic Energy Agency, Olli Heinonen; former senior advisor on Iran at the Department of State, Dr. Ray Takeyh; and FDD Executive Director and sanctions expert, Mark Dubowitz. BPC Foreign Policy Project Director Blaise Misztal moderated the discussion.
These lawmakers and experts addressed, among other topics, the “checklist” by which any deal should be judged; what role Congress can and should play in the final days before the deadline; and how sanctions enforcement and smart relief can be structured to best strengthen a deal or enhance negotiation leverage in the case of any extension.
Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL)
Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL)
Executive Director, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Ambassador Eric Edelman
Senior Advisor, BPC’s Foreign Policy Project
Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey
Director, BPC’s Foreign Policy Project
Former Deputy Director, International Atomic Energy Agency
Senior Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Dr. Ray Takeyh
Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations