Iran and the Nuclear Issue: The November 7-8 Geneva Round
The October 15-16 round of talks between the P5+1 countries and Iran, the first since Hassan Rouhani was elected president, was widely seen as an encouraging first step to resolve the Iran nuclear issue. The Iranians outlined a new proposal and met bilaterally with the U.S. delegation for the first time since 2009. The exchanges in both multilateral and bilateral settings were intensive, detailed, and substantive. Still, Iran and the P5+1 countries remain far apart on key issues. The next round will be held in Geneva on November 7 and 8. Does Rouhani’s election signal a real change in Iran’s policies? What are the prospects for an early agreement?
On November 1, the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative and the Saban Center for Middle East Policy hosted a panel discussion to preview the November talks and to assess the outlook for the negotiations. Brookings Senior Fellows Robert Einhorn, Suzanne Maloney and Kenneth Pollack took part. Tamara Cofman Wittes, director of the Saban Center, moderated.
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For the past year, you've seen that perhaps no leverage that the US and the West thought it had — aid, sanctions, the freezing of Afghanistan's reserves — has really had an effect on Taliban behavior. The Taliban has essentially done what they had always done. The Afghan people have been in a humanitarian crisis because the Taliban hasn't budged.