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AREA OF CONFLICT: Iran's nuclear power program has been a source of conflict.

Egypt and the nuclear agreement with Iran

Published: 25 Sep 2015

'Egyptian Concerns on the P5+1/Iran Joint' is the title of the eleventh paper in our series on the negotiations with Iran on a nuclear agreement.

In Nabil Fahmy’s view, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) delays, but does not close the door on a potential Iranian breakout.

Nuclear proliferation in the Middle East requires a comprehensive approach, not just stop gap measures, and Arab countries need to be more forceful in efforts to create a nuclear weapon-free zone. 

Fahmy suggests, inter alia, a UN Security Council resolution reaffirming support for such a zone and establishing a maximum of 15 years (when most provisions of the JCPOA no longer apply) for its realization. The UN should task a small technical expert group to draw up a model agreement, and later host a regional negotiating process on that basis.

Read Fahmy's paper here.