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Najmedin Meshkati, a professor of engineering at USC, was a Jefferson Science Fellow and a Senior Science and Engineering Advisor to the Office of Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary of State (2009-10). He is an expert on nuclear safety and has inspected many nuclear power plants around the world, including Chernobyl (in May 1997) and Fukushima Daiichi and Daini (in November 2012).

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Atoms for Peace in the Persian Gulf: The Vital Byproduct of P5+1 Nuclear Agreement With Iran

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 6:06 PM

The primary objective of this essay is to discuss the following three important and interrelated issues which are largely unaddressed by the media and pundits in the U.S. The second objective is to introduce relevant engineering and science diplomacy-centric initiatives concerning nuclear safety in the Persian Gulf.

  1. To commemorate...
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In Preparation for the P5+1 Nuclear Negotiations With Iran in Geneva on October 15, 2013: A 'Must Read' Handbook for Negotiators

(1) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 5:07 PM

Negotiating with Iran: Wrestling the Ghosts of History

The so-called "P5+1" group of countries which comprises the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (namely United States, Russia, China, United Kingdom, and France) plus Germany are expected to start a new round of negotiation concerning Iran's...

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Hindsight Being 20/20, Obama Should Embrace Iran's Overture

(5) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 6:55 PM

Co-authored by Guive Mirfendereski

In August 1997, Mohammad Khatami, a moderate, took office as president of Iran. At the time, President Bill Clinton was in the middle of his second term. The U.S. at the time had been demanding that Iran not pursue development of weapons of mass destruction, cease...

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Obama and Rouhani Crossing Paths at the U.N.: Will They Take the Next Step?

(3) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 2:41 PM

By Najmedin Meshkati & Guive Mirfendereski

Do you remember anything, any noteworthy speech or event from the opening sessions of the United Nations General Assembly that begins each year on the third Tuesday of September? If the answer is "no," then you are not alone. On the other hand, there...

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Diplomatic Improvisations With Iran: The Hub and Spokes of a To-Be-Agreed Framework for the Upcoming Nuclear Negotiations

(9) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 2:26 PM

Co-authored by Maurizio Martellini


As the legendary U.S. diplomat and the architect of the Dayton Peace Accords, the late Richard Holbrooke, once said in the very context of dealing with Iran in 2008, "diplomacy is like jazz - an improvisation on a theme." [Richard Holbrooke in the World:...

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