The United States Lacks Leverage to Renegotiate the Iran Deal: How pulling out might impact U.S. interests

By Nicholas Grossman, Department of Political Science, University of Illinois

On October 5, 2017, President Trump announced a plan to “decertify” the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, better known as the Iran Deal). After the Obama administration completed the agreement, Congress passed a law requiring the president to certify that Iran is honoring its obligations every 90 days. If not, Congress has the option of imposing sanctions, effectively reneging on its country’s commitment.

All non-U.S. parties to the JCPOA — U.K., France, Germany, China, Russia — along with the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency have said that Iran has…

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The Boren Undergraduate Scholarship is for freshman through seniors who are U.S. citizens. The Boren provides students up to $20,000 to study abroad in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. The applicant should have a broad interest in national security.

Boren Scholars represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

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Trita Parsi: Thoughts on Iran Policy

Trita Parsi was keynote speaker at our September 29 symposium, Shifting Iran-US Relations. He is the author of Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy and president of the National Iranian American Council.

5 Reasons Why Trump is Moving Towards War with Iran in Huffington Post, 10/12/17

Iran: Trump’s Gift to the Hard-liners in New York Review of Books, 10/10/17

The Real Risk in Trump’s Iran Gambit in Fareed Zakaria’s Global Briefing, CNN, 10/09/17


Illinois Club Scholarships $3,000- Due October 15

The Catherine C. and Bruce A. Bastian Scholarship for Global Studies $1,000- Due October 20

Thulin Field Work Experience Scholarship $1,000-$2,000- Due October 20

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Library Guide on Arms Control, Domestic & International Security

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The Arms Control Collection consists of indexes, yearbooks, handbooks, bibliographies, monographs and serials dealing with arms control, disarmament, and international security. The collection does not represent all of the library’s holdings on these subjects; additional materials on these subjects are available throughout libraries on campus, and the call numbers listed below will help you find materials on the shelves. In addition, the Library has a large number of electronic (e-) books and journals. E-books can be found in the Online Library Catalog and e-journals can be found in the Online Journals & Databases.

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The WHO plans to stop cholera by 2030.

International Atomic Energy Agency: Member States’ Adherence to Treaties Strengthens Nuclear Safety and Security

Bolivia, Monaco and Syria now participate in treaties to protect their nuclear weapons from terrorists.

CNN: Trump to UN: ‘Rocket Man is on a suicide mission’

Trump warned North Korea that he would destroy the country if it threatened the US, and then spoke against the Iran nuclear deal.

NPR: Stanislav Petrov, ‘The Man Who Saved The World,’ Dies At 77

System malfunction or nuclear attack? Faced with a daunting situation, Petrov made the right choice.

Arms Control Association: More Than 80 Nuclear Nonproliferation Experts Reaffirm Support for the Iran Nuclear Deal

Nonproliferation specialists believe Iran is meeting its JCPOA requirements and encourage U.S. politicians to remain committed to the agreement.

The New York Times: Satellite Images of North Korea Show Landslides at Nuclear Test Site

China and South Korea fear radioactive fallout from North Korea’s nuclear test if radiation drifts over their borders.

Wired: Hackers Gain Direct Access to US Power Grid Controls

The Dragonfly 2.0 attacks to energy companies gave hackers operational access, making blackouts a possible method of sabotage.

Chicago Tribune: U.N. Security Council Imposes Tough New Sanctions on North Korea

With the support of China, the United Nations Security Council voted for heavier sanctions against North Korea.