Keynote Address by James Steinberg (Audio)

Speaker: James B. Steinberg
Presider: Karen J. DeYoung

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg says U.S. diplomacy, through institutions and bilaterally, has led to new momentum in pressuring Iran to end its uranium enrichment program.

This session is part of a Council on Foreign Relations symposium on Rising Powers and Global Institutions in the Twenty-First Century and was made possible through generous support from the Robina Foundation.

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First Take

Iran's Sketchy Uranium Deal

Author: Michael A. Levi

The nuclear fuel-swap agreement announced in Tehran put the United States in a bind. Contrary to its sponsors' intentions, it will not improve confidence between the United States and Iran, writes CFR's Michael Levi.


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First Take

Why Brazil is a Broker with Iran

Author: Matias Spektor

It is not yet clear whether a Brazil-brokered deal will complicate or help resolve the crisis over Iran's nuclear program. CFR's Matias Spektor says either way a newly assertive Brazil is likely to remain a lead player in diplomacy on this issue.

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Iran-U.S. Faceoff at UN

Ray Takeyh interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

Yesterday's dueling speeches at the UN suggest a continued impasse on Iran's nuclear program, says CFR's Ray Takeyh. And Iranian politics make that unlikely to change anytime soon.

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A Chinese View of NPT Conference

Li Hong interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

Questions about Iran and North Korea will undoubtedly be on the table at the UN's NPT Review Conference. But expert Li Hong says those issues are best handled outside the conference, which will be more effective focusing on nuclear disarmament, nonproliferation of weapons, and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

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Must Read

WSJ: Debating Obama's New Nuclear Doctrine

Authors: George P. Shultz, Paul D. Wolfowitz, James R. Schlesinger, Fred C. Iklé, Richard N. Perle, and Richard R. Burt

Last week, the Obama administration began to unveil its new nuclear strategy. We asked six former U.S. foreign policy officials to reflect on the administration's Nuclear Posture Review, the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia, and whether Mr. Obama's emerging nuclear doctrine is a move in the right direction.

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