Intelligence Squared U.S.: Is Obama's Iran Deal Good for America?

Intelligence Squared U.S.: Is Obama's Iran Deal Good for America?

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 9:00pm

Credit: Courtesy of Intelligence Squared U.S.´╗┐

In April 2015, the P5+1, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, negotiated an interim nuclear accord with Iran.´╗┐ Among the key parameters: Iran's enrichment capacity, enrichment levels, and stockpile would be limited; its Fordow site converted into a research center; and the Arak heavy water reactor redesigned. In return, the IAEA would gain greater access for inspections, and U.S. and EU sanctions would be lifted. Many in the U.S. fear that a deal as outlined would not go far enough and, instead of being a benefit, would strengthen Iran's hand in the Middle East. Not to mention the important question of trust. Is this agreement a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to halt nuclear proliferation, or does President Obama have this wrong?´╗┐ Tune in to AM 1370 on Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 9 p.m. to listen to this Intelligence Squared U.S. debate moderated by John Donovan.

For the motion: Philip Gordon, ´╗┐Sr. Fellow, CFR & Fmr. White House Coordinator, Middle East, N. Africa, Gulf Region´╗┐ and Thomas Pickering, Vice Chairman, Hills & Company & Fmr. Under Secretary of State´╗┐

Against the motion: Michael Doran´╗┐, Sr. Fellow, Hudson Institute & Fmr. Sr. Director, National Security Council and Mark Dubowitz, ´╗┐Exec. Dir., FDD & Dir., Center on Sanctions & Illicit Finance´╗┐