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Iran – Exploring proliferation risks and solutions

In 2015, Iran and the international community signed an agreement – the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – on the country’s disputed nuclear program. Since then, a number of challenging developments have occurred. These include President Trump’s withdrawal of the United States from the accord, European Union efforts to salvage the accord, and Iran’s decision to uphold the nuclear-related provisions of the accord, while continuing its ballistic missile testing.

As these developments pose a series of challenges for the non-proliferation and transatlantic community, Project Alpha seeks to understand and explain them. Specifically, it does so by tracking the UN Secretary General’s reports on implementation of the JCPOA, and by monitoring advances taken by all sides. It produces journal articles and other analytical products to set out to understand such developments, and to ensure the European community adopts a united stance.

In a second measure, Project Alpha aims to understand the roles of the entities involved in Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile program, to map their networks and track their procurement activities, with a view to understanding and contributing to the prevention of illicit trade. These efforts have resulted in a series of comprehensive reports including on Iran’s nuclear and missile industries and entities involved.