Negotiating non-proliferation with North Korea and Iran

You are invited to the next instalment of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2018 Discussion Series. This series, focusing on Asia-related security issues, will be held before and after the June IISS Shangri-La Dialogue, Asia’s premier defence summit and a unique meeting of ministers and delegates from over 50 countries.

This discussion will focus on diplomatic efforts to restrain the separate nuclear challenges posed by North Korea and Iran. How will President Trump’s decision to rescind the United States’ obligations under the Iran nuclear deal impact efforts to negotiate denuclearisation with North Korea? Given the now-broken crockery of past accords with both countries, what kind of possible new arrangements are even possible? The speakers will also discuss the practicalities of how one negotiates with adversaries of a different mindset.

Newell Highsmith served for 30 years as an attorney at the US Department of State, with primary responsibility for legal issues related to arms control and the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and missiles. During his career, he served as primary or sole legal adviser on the US delegations that negotiated the 1994 Agreed Framework with North Korea, the 2008 Agreement for Nuclear Cooperation with India, and the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran. He was responsible for the legal interpretation of numerous arms control and non-proliferation statuses and treaties, including the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Act, the Statute of the International Atomic Energy Agency, relevant UN Security Council resolutions and various US sanctions laws.

Barbara Slavin is the Director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council and a columnist for Al-Monitor, a website devoted to news from and about the Middle East. The author of Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the US and the Twisted Path to Confrontation (2007), she is a regular commentator on US foreign policy and Iran on NPR, PBS and C-SPAN. A career journalist, she previously served as Assistant Managing Editor for World and National Security of the Washington Times, Senior Diplomatic Reporter for USA TODAY, Cairo Correspondent for the Economist and Editor at the New York Times’ Week in Review.

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This event will be chaired by Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas. It will take place at the IISS–Americas, located at 2121 K Street NW, Suite 801, Washington DC 20037.