Author Archives: Kelsey Davenport

Despite Israeli Doubts, Serious Diplomacy Is the Best Option for Iran

By Kelsey Davenport Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly today that Israel will “stand alone” in order to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. It is good that Prime Minister Netanyahu is prepared for that, because … Continue reading

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Hard Evidence from the UN Inspectors Point to Assad’s CW Use

By Greg Thielmann and Daryl G. Kimball  The evidence in the United Nations inspectors’ report on the use of chemical weapons in Syria released today — particularly the findings on the munitions and their trajectory – provides additional and substantial … Continue reading

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Syria, the Iraq-Iran War, and the CW Taboo

By Greg Thielmann As the international community seeks to craft an appropriate response to the Syrian government’s August 21 use of chemical weapons (CW), ghosts from the Iran-Iraq War haunt the deliberations. As the late Jonathan B. Tucker observed in … Continue reading

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The August IAEA Report on Iran: Key Takeaways

By Kelsey Davenport and Daryl G. Kimball Iran is continuing to make slow but steady progress on its nuclear program, according to the August 2013 quarterly report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Tehran continues to install more centrifuges, … Continue reading

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Rouhani’s Inauguration: An Opening to Resolve the Iranian Nuclear Impasse

By Kelsey Davenport Hassan Rouhani’s inauguration today as president of Iran offers an important new opening for the P5+1 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States) to establish satisfactory controls over Iran’s controversial nuclear program. A … Continue reading

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Nuclear Security: More Action, Less Encouragement

By Kelsey Davenport  Last week, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) held its first ministerial-level meeting on nuclear security, the International Conference on Nuclear Security: Enhancing Global Efforts. The purpose of the high-level conference was to strengthen and bring greater … Continue reading

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Alleged Syrian Chemical Weapons Use: What’s Next?

By Daryl G. Kimball, Greg Thielmann, and Kelsey Davenport The U.S. intelligence community “assesses with varying degrees of confidence, that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale in Syria, specifically, the chemical agent sarin,” according to … Continue reading

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