International Nuclear Agreement with Iran a Victory for Diplomacy Over War

Posted Sept. 16, 2015

MP3 Interview with Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism project at the Institute for Policy Studies, conducted by Scott Harris

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Senate Republican opponents of President Obama's six-nation nuclear agreement with Iran failed to muster enough votes on Sept. 15 to overcome supporters of the deal, who succeeded in blocking consideration of a resolution of disapproval for the second time in less than a week. On Sept. 10, the House of Representatives passed a measure stating that Congress's 60-day review clock to consider the nuclear deal had not started because they charge the administration hadn't provided lawmakers with copies of all documents related to the agreement, a charge the White House denies.

If his support holds, President Obama will avoid having to veto a measure of disapproval. A coalition of peace and civil society groups supporting the Iran nuclear agreement lobbied legislators hard over the past two months in order to earn this victory. They overcame intense opposition by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, that spent $40 million to defeat the nuclear deal, as well as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and neo-conservative former Bush administration officials.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism project at the Institute for Policy Studies, who assesses the significance of the Iran nuclear deal's survival and the potential opportunities for future cooperation with Iran in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere in the volatile Middle East.

Fellow Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at IPS. For more information visit ips-dc.org.

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