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The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or the Iran Nuclear Deal. Lecture with Joe Brazda.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or the Iran Nuclear Deal. Lecture with Joe Brazda.

On 1 February, 2017 students of the School of International Relations had the honor of meeting Mr. Joe Brazda, Finance and Administration Manager and Research Associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

The Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) is one of the world’s largest nongovernmental organizations specializing in research and training on weapons of mass destruction nonproliferation and disarmament issues.

The first part of the lecture was devoted to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). In July 2015, the Russian Federation, the United States, China, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the European Union, and Iran reached a deal to ensure that Iran’s nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) plays a central role in implementing the JCPOA as the sole agency responsible for monitoring and verification of the implementation process. Mr. Brazda explained in detail the importance of the JCPOA told the students about the process and the results of its implementation. Mr. Brazda convincingly demonstrated how unique and  comprehensive this agreement is. Moreover, he brought into a focus the importance of this plan regarding regional security in the Middle East and prospects for the nuclear nonproliferation regime. According to Mr. Brazda, successful implementation of JCPOA corresponds to the interests of all the parties that took part in negotiating this deal.

During the second part of the lecture, students had a chance to learn essentials about the opportunities for internships in international organizations operating in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation. Mr. Brazda highlighted that many of these organizations need energetic and motivated young experts who are just at the beginning of their professional career. As a general rule, young specialists can apply for half-year internships, but there is an opportunity to find some shorter programs, for example, during the summer time. Mr. Brazda explained to the students how important letters of intent and interviews are and gave some practical advice on how an applicant may increase his or her chances. The expert spoke about the benefits of being an intern as well as about the difficulties interns should be ready to face.

According to the lecturer, it is essential to realize what exactly an intern wants to achieve, define their goals, work out a strategy and patiently move on the chosen path. If the strategy is comprehensive and the goals are clear, then an internship can open up vast opportunities for any student, stated Mr. Brazda.


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