Moyer: Agreement with Iran Must Contain Specifics

Apr 2, 2015

"When it comes to international negotiations, it's only a deadline that causes anything to be done."

The deadline for outlining a deal with Iran regarding the nation's nuclear weapons program has been extended. 

According to Grinnell College political sciencist Wayne Moyer, that deadline is important. "When it comes to international negotiations, it's only a deadline that causes anything to be done." 

Moyer talked with Iowa Public Radio's Ben Kieffer today during River to River. He also commented that in order for a deal with Iran to have any chance of winning over Congress, it's going to have to contain specifics. 

"For example, how extensive will the inspections be? How long will this agreement last? If we do end sanctions, how fast? What kinds of limits will be put on their research? Where will they send their enriched uranium," Moyer asks. Iowa State University Political Science Professor Jim McCormick also joins the conversation. 

Looking for reading to understand the current turmoil in the Middle East? 

McCormick recommends The Atlantic's "What ISIS Really Wants" and points to reporting in Foreign Policy and The Economist as good places to start. 

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