Launch Statement

We are launching Diplomacy Works to cut through the partisan noise and empower today’s policymakers with fact-based, current analyses. Our goal is to defend a critical international agreement that the United States and our allies and partners negotiated to effectively address one of the world’s most urgent security challenges: the threat to global stability and security presented by Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

Guiding Diplomacy Works in this effort is a Council of Advisors comprised of:

  • John Kerry, former Secretary of State
  • Antony Blinken, former Deputy Secretary of State
  • Nick Burns, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
  • Puneet Talwar, former Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs
  • Robert Malley, former Senior Adviser to the President for the Counter-ISIL Campaign
  • Jon Finer, former Chief of Staff and Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. Department of State
  • Jen Psaki, former White House Communications Director
  • Jeff Prescott, former National Security Council Senior Director for Iran, Iraq, Syria and the Gulf

No element of American national security policy is more serious than our determination to prevent nuclear proliferation, and no area of foreign policy has been more dependent on successful diplomacy backed by verification and accountability.  The success to date of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), is another milestone in a long tradition of arms control and proliferation prevention initiatives.  Through this work, the United States and our closest allies have met proliferation challenges through intensive negotiations followed by rigorous implementation, including with adversaries and enemies.

With Iran in compliance with the JCPOA, it is now imperative that the United States uphold our commitment as well – because our vital interests and our credibility as the world’s leader in preventing proliferation are on the line.

Diplomacy Works will raise up and amplify the voices of those determined to promote, protect, and preserve the JCPOA and the broader United States’ commitment to putting diplomacy first. Our information and analysis will drive engagement by policymakers, subject matter experts, and other stakeholders on issues surrounding the JCPOA, its implementation, and additional other critical national security questions.  In these challenging times, ensuring that the diplomatic gains we have made are built upon, rather than squandered, is essential to a secure and prosperous future. 

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