CEO Angelica Ocampo sits down to discuss with the honorable Thomas R. Pickering about the Iran Deal and his take on the world situation in this week’s podcast. The Iran Deal, created under the Obama administration, seeks to create a balanced and non-partisan agreement that prevents the Islamic Republic of Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. This action is said to enhance U.S. national security and that of friends and allies of the U.S. The preliminary framework of such agreement was reached in 2015 between three groups specifically, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, France, and China – plus Germany), as well as the European Union. Some of the stipulations within this agreement include limiting the installation of centrifuges in the Natanz, Iran plant to 5,060, and converting the Fordo plant into one that focuses on research. Many disagreements have arisen from this deal due to the different narratives of the agreement made by the United States and Iran.
Thomas R. Pickering is a retired United States Ambassador and holds the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service. Pickering’s four-decade-long career has included ambassadorships in Jordan, Nigeria, El Salvador, Israel, to the United Nations, India, and Russia. He has also served as the executive secretary and special assistant to Secretaries Rogers and Kissinger, assistant secretary of the bureau of oceans, environmental and scientific affairs and the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, the third highest position in the State Department. Following his retirement, he became vice chairman of Hills & Company, and international consulting firm providing advice to U.S. businesses on investment, trade, and risk assessment issues abroad, particularly in emerging market economies.