Bringing Iran back to the table

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Bringing Iran back to the table

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In the waning months of the Obama administration, the United States, alongside Russia, China, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom, negotiated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Although the EU served as moderator for and is a strong proponent of the Iran nuclear deal, Trump’s subsequent withdrawal in 2018 saw the divergence of EU and US policy. With the return of US sanctions, Iran lost faith in the deal. However, the Biden administration has begun a diplomatic rapprochement with Iran for the return to a nuclear deal. The latest talks in Vienna have offered a path forward, with both Iran and the US working through EU intermediaries to reset to their agreed JCPOA conditions. With officials noting that Iran is now only months, or perhaps even weeks, away from being able to produce a nuclear weapon, the stakes for foreign relations are higher than ever.

Beyond the nuclear file, Iran’s regional role and influence, as well as its networks abroad, have shown foreign ministries and defence establishments in North America and Europe the need for engagement. How broad is Iran’s outreach and what are the best ways to respond to its actions? Furthermore, as the regime involves itself in activities abroad, including in Europe, can the West develop a clear strategy for dealing with Iran?

At this key time, our briefing will bring together experts and decision-makers from across the public-private divide for a frank and open discussion on the latest developments on Iran.

The event is part of our Security briefing series. In each 60-minute session, members have a chance to put their questions to those who call the shots. Participation is by invitation-only.


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Negar Mortazavi

Diplomatic Correspondent at The Independent and 2017 MENA Young Leader

Srecko Latal

Analyst at the Balkan Investigative and Reporting Network (BIRN)

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Jamie Shea

Senior Fellow for Peace, Security and Defence and former Deputy Assistant Secretary General for emerging security challenges at NATO

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Negar Mortazavi
Negar Mortazavi

Diplomatic Correspondent at The Independent and 2017 MENA Young Leader

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Negar Mortazavi is an Iranian-American journalist and columnist, who exclusively covers stories about Iran in both English and Persian. She is also the host of the Iran Podcast and a frequent commentator on Iranian affairs at MSNBC, BBC, PRI, The New York Times, Aljazeera, HuffPost and international outlets across the world, including Lebanon, Iraq, Israel, Turkey, Switzerland and Japan. Mortazavi previously worked as a TV presenter at Voice of America (VOA) Persian, where she hosted a daily hour-long interactive show that discussed current affairs with Iranians across the world.

Srecko Latal
Srecko Latal

Analyst at the Balkan Investigative and Reporting Network (BIRN)

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As a former correspondent and later editor and Sarajevo bureau chief at Associated Press, Srecko Latal covered conflict in the Balkans, as well as in Afghanistan and Pakistan, throughout the 1990s. Since 2000, he has worked as an advisor for the European Union and the World Bank, while continuing to write for regional and international media and analytical organisations, including the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), Balkan Investigative and Reporting Network (BIRN), Oxford Analytica and Janes Defence. An expert on Iran’s influence in the Western Balkans, Latal is also researcher at the “Western Balkans at the Crossroads: Assessing Influences of Non-Western External Actors” project.

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