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The Iran Reader

Key Articles on Iran's Nuclear Program and the World's Response

The 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran, the European Union, and six great powers is now under severe stress. The United States has abandoned the agreement and reimposed sanctions, using the privileged position of the US dollar to compel other countries not to trade with Iran. Iran has responded with a series of steps reversing selected commitments on nuclear technology. After the fifth such step, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany activated the JCPOA Dispute Resolution Mechanism, which might lead to a complete unraveling of the agreement if a diplomatic solution cannot be found. Anticipating what may come next, Iran's foreign minister has now threatened to leave the 1968 Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons if Iran faces any new actions at the UN Security Council.

The following articles from the Nonproliferation Review offer a comprehensive view of the Iranian nuclear program, its geopolitical and military context, and efforts to curb it, including various perspectives on the decade of negotiations that led to the 2015 agreement. 

Relevant research from peer publications — including Asian Affairs, Global Affairs, International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence, Survival, The Washington Quarterly, and the Adelphi book series — rounds out this Iran Reader with additional perspectives and proposals.

The full collection is free-access via this page until 31 August 2020.

Insights from the Nonproliferation Review

Article TitleAuthor(s)Volume, IssueOnline Publication Year
Negotiating the “Iran talks” in Tehran: the Iranian drivers that shaped the Joint Comprehensive Plan of ActionAriane TabatabaiVol. 24, Issue 3-42018
No EU, no Iran deal: the EU's choice between multilateralism and the transatlantic linkTarja CronbergVol. 24, Issue 3-42018
The JCPOA and safeguards: model or outlier?Paul KerrVol. 24, Issue 3-42018
Red lines in nuclear nonproliferationDan Altman & Nicholas L. MillerVol. 24, Issue 3-42018
How the United States Helped Iran Build a Laser Enrichment LaboratoryAnton KhlopkovVol. 20, Issue 12013
Iran and the Nuclear Threshold: Where is the Line?Jacques E.C. Hymans & Matthew S. GratiasVol. 20, Issue 12013
Busting Out: Iranian Public Opinion Toward the NPTC. Christine Fair, Karl Kaltenthaler & William MillerVol. 20, Issue 12013
Extended Deterrence in the Middle EastYair EvronVol. 19, Issue 32012
Shadow Wars: Covert Operations Against Iran's Nuclear Program*David Vielhaber & Philipp C. BleekVol. 19, Issue 32012
Kicking the Hornets’ Nest: Iran’s Nuclear Ambivalence and the West’s Counterproductive Nonproliferation PoliciesPatrick DisneyVol. 19, Issue 22012
Learning to Live with a Nuclear IranPeter JonesVol. 19, Issue 22012
Why Iran Wants the Bomb and What It Means for US PolicyClifton W. SherrillVol. 19, Issue 12012
*Book review

The Nonproliferation Review

The Nonproliferation Review is a refereed journal concerned with the causes, consequences, and control of the spread of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. A journal of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at Middlebury College, the Review features case studies, theoretical analyses, historical studies, reports, viewpoints, and book reviews on such issues as state-run weapons programs, treaties and export controls, safeguards, verification and compliance, disarmament, terrorism, and the economic and environmental effects of weapons proliferation.

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Article TitleAuthor(s)PublicationVolume, IssueOnline Publication Year
The US policy of containing Iran – from Obama to Trump 2009–2018Ayman Saleh Albarasneh & Dania Koleilat KhatibGlobal AffairsLatest Articles2019
Assessing the JCPOAMark FitzpatrickAdelphi SeriesVol. 57, Issue 466-4672019
On Creating the Conditions for Nuclear Disarmament: Past Lessons, Future ProspectsBrad RobertsThe Washington QuarterlyVol. 42, Issue 22019
Iran’s Military StrategyHadi Ajili & Mahsa RouhiSurvivalVol. 61, Issue 62019
The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime: An Historical PerspectiveJoseph M. Siracusa & Aiden WarrenDiplomacy & StatecraftVol. 29, Issue 12018
The American Response to Pakistani and Iranian Nuclear Proliferation: A Study in ParadoxFarhad RezaeiAsian AffairsVol. 48, Issue 12017
The Iran Nuclear Negotiations: One Year OnSir Richard DaltonAsian AffairsVol. 47, Issue 32016

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