Press Mentions

  • iran watch logo
    March 30, 2021

    Iran Watch Listen: How the IAEA Pieces Together the Puzzle of Iran’s Nuclear Program

    ONN Director Laura Rockwood took part in the third episode of the Iran Watch Listen podcast hosted by Valerie Lincy, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control, and Austin Bodetti, a Research Associate at the Wisconsin Project. The conversation covered issues of IAEA’s inspection and verification activities in Iran as well as the implications of Iran’s recent decision to suspend the implementation of the Additional Protocol to the IAEA Safeguards.

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  • Philanthropy News Digest
    February 26, 2021

    Balancing long-term thinking, short-term metrics, and flexible project planning

    Over the past several decades, a number of different critiques of nonprofit work have emerged.  Inevitably, these critiques have a strong basis — they identify real and specific issues in how nonprofits work — but collectively they may present a problem by calling for approaches that aren’t easily reconciled. That's happening in the current moment with the tension between 1) the call of the evidence-based practice approach for rigorous evaluation and theory development; 2) the "new philanthropy" emphasis on trust-based management structures and long-term planning; and 3) the entrepreneurial approach to iterative work. Each of these perspectives brings something valuable to nonprofit work, but they don't sit easily with each other. In the work of our foundation, One Earth Future (OEF), we've developed one way of bridging these three approaches. This model may be useful for other nonprofits, if funders are willing to support it.

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  • msn news
    February 26, 2021

    Iran's New Nuclear 'Understanding' with World Atomic Agency Explained

    Following a press-call organized by the European Leadership Network (ELN) on 22 February featuring ONN Director Laura Rockwood and other top nuclear experts including the former IAEA Director General Hans Blix, Rockwood’s commentary was used for MSN News piece explaining Iran’s new nuclear “understanding” with the IAEA.

    As far as one could judge from the limited information available about the newly reached “understanding,” Rockwood named its three main points: "That Iran will continue to implement its Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement without any limitations, that they reached a temporary bilateral technical understanding—and every one of those words carefully negotiated—whereby the Agency will continue its necessary verification and monitoring activities up to three months as per a technical annex that has yet to be released," she said, "And then finally, that the parties will keep this understanding under constant review and that it could be suspended or extended."

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  • February 26, 2021

    Iran keeps hopes for nuclear deal alive

    Following Iran’s announcement to suspend its implementation of the Additional Protocol to the IAEA’s Safeguards and to start uranium enrichment beyond the limits set in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), ONN Director Laura Rockwood shared her concerns about the unfolding situation in a commentary to Politico. “What worries me the most is the fact that Iran does not seem to have any credible peaceful and civil justification that would require it to enrich uranium to 20 percent,” said Laura Rockwood.

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  • the conversation logo
    February 19, 2021

    Election violence spiked worldwide in 2020 – will this year be better?

    ONN analysts Dr. Clayton Besaw and Matthew Frank have published their most recent analysis on the election violence in 2020 and their predictions for similar events ahead in 2021. The data shows that the year 2020 saw more election-related violence than any year in the past four decades and, according to the authors, “election-related violence will persist for the foreseeable future. In democracies and nondemocracies alike, strategic attacks serve those who have power and want to keep it.”

  • Bloomberg News Logo
    February 17, 2021

    Iran’s Next Step Raises Specter of War for Top Atomic Lawyer

    ONN Director Laura Rockwood in her commentary to Bloomberg shared her concerns over the recent announcement of Iran’s intent to abandon the implementation of the Additional Protocol to the IAEA Safeguards.

  • hollywood health society usc
    February 12, 2021

    Atomic Storytelling From the People Who Know

    Experts from the world of nuclear threats and international security shared their amusing, poignant and personal accounts from key moments in their professional lives during a virtual storytelling event, “The Countdown: Atomic Storytelling From the People Who Know.” ONN Director Laura Rockwood presented a 5-minute story titled "Baghdad is Burning”. 

    Watch the recording here.

  • Carnegie center for middle east logo
    February 12, 2021

    Nuclear Diplomacy: Biden's Middle East Aspirations

    Nuclear nonproliferation in the Middle East is a major policy challenge for President Joe Biden, who is eager to return to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. ONN Director Laura Rockwood participated in a panel discussion on the topic hosted by the Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center on Thursday, February 4. 

  • UNIDIR logo
    February 9, 2021


    ONN’s report on Nuclear Risk Reduction Approach for the Korean Peninsula was cited in a recent publication by UNIDIR about nuclear risk reduction. UNIDIR’s policy brief by Wilfred Wan explores the role de facto nuclear weapon states that remain outside of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons could play in conversations on nuclear risk reduction.

    ONN’s report was cited in relation to the author’s observations about the possibility of an unauthorized use of nuclear weapons in the DPRK, which ONN named as a potential risk factor for crisis escalation on the Korean Peninsula.

  • Fuji TV Prime News Live US-DPRK Japan Katsu
    November 24, 2020

    US-DPRK relations under the next US administration

    Katsuhisa Furukawa gives his expertise on US-DPRK relations under the next US administration at a major Japanese TV talk show.