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...

Palestine Will Get Upgraded Status at UN. Then What?

Later this month, the Palestinians will ask the UN General Assembly to upgrade their status at the United Nations to become a non-member observer state.  This would put them on the same membership level as the Vatican. It would not change very much about how the UN operates.

IAEA Report on Iran: What’s Next

The much anticipate bombshell report from the IAEA on Iran's nuclear activities is out.  The drama now moves to the IAEA Board of Governors which can recommend a course of action to deal with the report's conclusion that Iran has a robust and ongoing nuclear program despite international prohibitions.