The Iran nuclear agreement was a major victory for national and global security. Negotiated by the US and other world powers, the agreement stopped an Iranian bomb from being developed without starting a new war in the Middle East. Civil society, including Ploughshares Fund and its grantees, played a critical role in this historic victory.
The fight for peaceful nuclear nonproliferation in the Middle East isn’t over, in fact it may have just begun. By US law, Iran's compliance with the landmark 2015 agreement must be certified by the president every 90 days. If it is not certified, a 60 day window opens in which Congress can re-impose nuclear related sanctions with a simple majority, abrogating the international agreement on the part of the US.
Contrary to the public declarations of his Secretary of Defense and Secretary of State, the president is expected to declare that Iran is not in compliance — likely Thursday, forcing Congress determine a course of action. Almost all Democrats in the Senate oppose re-imposing nuclear related sanctions, even those who originally voted against the agreement. Republicans may be reluctant to bring the matter to a vote, but hardliners within the Senate will seek to do just that.
In the face of these challenges, Ploughshares Fund and its grantees are working harder than ever to protect this important accord from those who seek to undermine it.
Ploughshares Fund is bringing together grantees that work on the Iran nuclear agreement to discuss options, strategies and risks, and to push back against the dangerous uncoordinated actions of the White House. Much like we did with the original Iran campaign, we are convening the best and the brightest to prevent an Iranian nuclear weapon and a new war in the Middle East. Read some of the best analysis by Ploughshares Fund staff and grantees:
- Rep. Mark Pocan and Kate Gould, Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) in Defense One
- Ryan Costello, National Iranian American Council (NIAC) in the Huffington Post
- Kelsey Davenport, Arms Control Association, on the risk of decertification/sanctions in Arms Control Now
- Iran Project issue brief on sanctions, on decertification, and statement signed by 47 national security leaders in the National Interest
- NIAC's letter supporting the deal
- Win Without War's call to action
- Joe Cirincione, president of Ploughshares Fund in the New York Daily News
- MoveOn.org action alert on the agreement
Photo: Secretary Kerry Poses for a Photo With P5+1 Leaders and Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif Following Negotiations About Future of Iran's Nuclear Program. Public domain