Anne Penketh

Former Programme Director, BASIC

Anne Penketh was BASIC Program Director in Washington from 2009 to 2012. Previously she was a staff journalist with major media organisations. She was a foreign correspondent for 17 years with Agence France-Presse, which posted her to Moscow and New York. She then worked for The Independent in London, where she was diplomatic editor, and was one of the few western journalists to report from Iran, North Korea and Saudi Arabia. After returning to Paris from Washington she reported for The Independent and The Guardian. Now she has turned her hand to fiction and is a writer of crime novels.

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Iran sanctions bill

The U.S. Congress is poised to consider an Iran sanctions bill this week that may shut down any transactions with the Iranian oil industry and tighten financial loopholes as part of tough international moves aimed at pressuring Tehran to curb its nuclear program.

Threat of Sequestration

The House of Representatives resumes debate tomorrow on the energy and water appropriations bill which covers nuclear weapons and the non-proliferation program of the National Nuclear Security Administration.

With much at stake, GCC wants to participate in Iran negotiations

The Middle East has been left out of the P5+1's negotiations with Iran, and the GCC states want in. At a conference on nuclear non-proliferation in the Gulf, participants raised concerns of double standards for Iran and Israel. Gulf states view military action against Iran as a last resort, but also see the Iranian threat as a global one. Anne Penketh reports.

Hopes rising for Mideast WMD meeting

Amid rising optimism about the prospects for convening a 2012 conference on establishing a zone free of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the Middle East, Finnish diplomat Jaakko Laajava is to deliver his first briefing to states-parties to the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) in Vienna next month on his efforts to pull the meeting together. Anne Penketh reports on where things stand in the April edition of Arms Control Today.

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