October 2019 – The Breakdown of the Iran Deal – Global perspectives
Following more than a decade of intense international efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear dispute, Iran and the EU3+3 (USA, UK, Russia, France, China, and Germany) agreed on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on July 14, 2015. This multilateral agreement put in place unprecedented inspections, monitoring and transparency measures to ensure that Iran’s nuclear program remains peaceful.
President Trump’s unilateral decision last year to withdraw the USA from the agreement and reintroduce draconian sanctions on Iran has placed the future of the accord on an unpredictable path, with the risk of complete collapse.
The situation has become even more complex with increased tensions between Iran and the USA in an unstable region poised to erupt into further violent conflict.
Our webinar brings together international nuclear non-proliferation and Iran experts to decipher the fast-moving state of affairs in the region, with the hope of finding a peaceful path forward.
- Sharon Dolev, Executive Director, METO Project, The Israeli Disarmament Movement (ICAN partner in Israel) and Abolition 2000 Coordination Committee, Israel
- Tarja Cronberg, Distinguished Associate Fellow with the SIPRI European Security Programme, Finland
- Emad Kiyaei, Policy Advisor to American Iranian Council and founder member of the Middle East Treaty Organization (METO) Project, Iran.
- Jamal Abdi, President, National Iranian American Council, United States.
Over the next ten years the nuclear armed countries plan to spend over 1 trillion US dollars on the nuclear arms race. Those manufacturing the nuclear weapons are making a fortune, and are actively promoting the nuclear arms race. This webinar explores strategies and actions to reverse the financial interests in nuclear weapons through actions to cut nuclear weapons budgets, end investments in nuclear weapons corporations, increase investments in peace and sustainability, and promote the economic value of peace.
- Alyn Ware, Move the Nuclear Weapons Money, New Zealand/Czech Republic
- Laurie Smolenski, Institute for Economics and Peace, United States
- Maevyn Davis-Rackerby, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, United States
- Rob van Riet, World Future Council, Chile/Netherlands
- Thies Kätow, World future Council/PNND, Germany
The webinar provides an overview of nuclear disarmament processes and events happening in 2019, and the main nuclear disarmament campaigns and actions by parliamentarians, mayors and civil society. The webinar will introduce Abolition 2000 working groups, campaigns and affiliated networks, and it will provide opportunities for activists to discuss and/or join various campaigns and events.
- Reiner Braun, International Peace Bureau, Germany
- John Burroughs, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, United States
- Jackie Cabasso, Mayors for Peace, United States
- Arielle Denis, International Peace Bureau, France
- Bruce Gagnon, Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, United States
- Neshan Gunasekera, International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms, Sri Lanka
- John Hallam, Human Survival Project, Australia
- Chris King, United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs, United States
- Marzhan Nurzhan, Abolition 2000 Youth Network, Kazakhstan
- Vanda Proskova, Prague Institute for Sustainable Security, Czech Republic
- Tamkeen Saeid, The Peace Foundation, New Zealand
- Aaron Tovish, Zona Libre, Mexico
- Alyn Ware, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, New Zealand
- Monica Willard, United Religions Initiative, United States
On October 20, 2018, U.S. President Trump announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has stated that the US will suspend implementation of the treaty in early February
The INF Treaty is an historic agreement reached in 1987 between the United States and the Soviet Union to eliminate all of their nuclear and conventional ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges of 500 to 5,500 kilometres, and to utilize extensive on-site inspections for verification of the agreement.
If the Treaty is dissolved, it opens the door for nuclear-armed missiles returning to Europe, and could further stimulate the current nuclear arms race.
In this webinar, presenters from the U.S., Russia, Germany and the UK discuss the history and significance of the INF Treaty and the importance of working to preserve it.
- Andrew Lichterman, Western States Legal Foundation, United States
- Pavel Podvig, UN Institute for Disarmament Research, Switzerland
- Dave Webb, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, United Kingdom
- Regina Haagen, Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space