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November 4, 2014

Dr Olli Heinonen, Former Deputy Director of the IAEA, joins The Henry Jackson Society

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Henry Jackson Society

The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Olli Heinonen, former Deputy Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), as a Visiting Senior Fellow. Working on many of the most high-profile non-proliferation challenges of our age during his over 27 years of service at the IAEA, Dr Heinonen’s experience will be an invaluable addition to HJS’ expertise. His appointment  builds on our extensive track record of research and analysis, policy conferences, Parliamentary events and engagement with relevant government ministries and committees on the challenge of Iran’s nuclear programme, as part of our remit in furthering informed public and political debate on this crucial national security problem.

Dr Heinonen’s first HJS report The Iranian Nuclear Programme: Practical Parameters for a Credible Long-Term Agreement, to be launched at a Parliamentary event this evening where he will give a keynote address, comes just two weeks before the interim agreement with Iran is set to expire. This timely publication provides a comprehensive yet easily-accessible examination of the underlying technical requirements for a deal between the P5+1 states and Iran and outlines the verification regime necessary to assure the international community that Iran’s nuclear programme is for civilian purposes along internationally-agreed parameters.

Dr Alan Mendoza, Executive Director at The Henry Jackson Society, commented:

“I am delighted to welcome Dr Heinonen aboard. His arrival not only cements the Society as the leading destination for analysis of Iran’s nuclear challenge, but comes at this vital time just two weeks before the negotiations deadline. Most of the public discussion of the terms of any nuclear agreement with Iran has been relatively vague on technical detail.  Yet it is those very details that will determine if a deal will be a bulwark against an Iranian nuclear weapons programme. As Dr Heinonen’s first report for HJS amply confirms, there could be no better voice than the former Deputy Director of the IAEA to help HJS offer the clear, factual, sophisticated and policy-relevant analysis it has become known for on this important subject.”

 The Iranian Nuclear Programme Practical Parameters for a Credible Long-Term Agreement is available to download here