Episode 145: Vali Nasr

Vali Nasr was born in Iran, where his father was a high profile academic and university administrator  Then came the revolution. They fled--and that traumatic experience, he says, shaped his intellectual development in ways he is only beginning to understa...

The IAEA Faces Big Budget Pressures

Despite it's high profile, the International Atomic Energy Agency suffers from some of the same funding challenges as many UN agencies. Now that it is at the heart of the Iran nuclear deal, will its member states ease up on the budgetary pressure under which t...

The IAEA and Iran: How Inspections Work

The nuclear deal with Iran is essentially grand bargain: Iran agreed to curtail its nuclear program in exchange for a gradual easing of international and national sanctions. But as President Obama is fond of saying, the agreement is not based on trust. It'...
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5 Things About the IAEA That May Surprise You

Ed note. A nuclear deal with Iran has been struck!  This post originally appeared in April,  after the framework agreement was signed which lead to yesterday's diplomatic breakthrough.  The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been in the news rece...

Here’s How the IAEA Will Keep Tabs on Iran

An Iran nuclear deal has been struck. It's a highly technical agreement that asks a great deal from the United Nations--specifically from the International Atomic Energy Agency. If the IAEA is able to verify compliance, sanctions will be lifted. If the IAE...

3 Huge Stories to Follow This Weekend

1) Iran Nuke Talks Down to the Wire In Brief: This is arguably the most critical time yet in the complex negotiations that may lead to a diplomatic breakthrough with Iran. Negotiators from the Permanent 5 members of the Security Council plus Germany--the so-c...

5 Big Nuclear Security Challenges Beyond Iran

Ed note. I'm pleased to welcome Alexandra Van Dine to UN Dispatch!  The prospect of a nuclear deal with Iran has dominated news coverage, and the world is watching closely as diplomats work round the clock to craft an agreement in Switzerland. Certainly, th...