Dr. Jim Walsh “Sizes Up the Iran Nuclear Deal”

Council Board Member Dr. Jim Walsh, International Security expert at MIT, sizes up the Iran deal.

“The new Iran agreement is more than 150 pages long. And believe me, it is not an easy read, even for experts.

On the one hand, that’s good news. It demonstrates a care and attention to detail — something you want in a nuclear agreement. By any standard, this is one of the most detailed nonproliferation or arms control agreements ever negotiated. President George W. Bush’s Moscow Treaty with Putin was a mere two pages long.

The downside to such detail is that very few people are going to read the whole thing. They will necessarily have to rely on others to tell them the contents. This opens the door to misunderstanding, if not political mischief.”

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