PROGRAM DETAILS

Fact vs. Fiction: The J.C.P.O.A and Iran's Nuclear Weapons Ambitions

Instructor
Andrew Kahn
Category
International Relations / Current Events
FPL10044

Course Description

President Donald Trump calls it "the worst deal America ever made," and has de-certified it. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu claims it "paves the way for Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon." Signatories to the J.C.P.O.A.(Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) stand firm--no changes, no more negotiations. IAEA inspectors say Iran is in full compliance. Who's right? What are the facts? Critics: The J.C.P.O.A. provides a clear pathway for Iran to obtain a nuclear arsenal on an industrial scale. Iran gets $100+ billion dollars of previously frozen assets which it can use to support terrorism. The deal will enable Iran to reduce "breakout time" to only a few weeks. Supporters: No uranium enrichment facilities are permitted except at Natanz. Natanz is limited to least efficient centrifuges for ten years. No enrichment of uranium is allowed beyond 3.67%. Arak heavy-water facility must be redesigned to prevent production of plutonium fuel and all spent fuel must be exported. Mr. Kahn will share thoughts and information on both sides of this controversial issue.

About the Instructor

  • Andrew Kahn has studied political and social science at Johns Hopkins University, the Universities of Pittsburgh and Maryland, and the New School University in New York. He has taught at St. Cloud University in Minnesota and Western Connecticut University in Danbury. Kahn helped found AEGIS, the Association for Education in Global-International Studies at Stanford University. He is a world traveler.