Iran in focus: negotiating the nuclear deal

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Iran in focus: negotiating the nuclear deal

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The nuclear issue is vital to Iran’s relations with the West. As President Biden works to bring the United States back into the deal abandoned by his predecessor, the negotiations have reignited questions about the impact and effectiveness of sanctions, Iran’s compliance, and balancing self-interest and compromise. Despite America’s return to the fold, Europe is still left wondering what might happen if future US presidents navigate the country away from the deal once more.

At the end of June, the talks in Vienna were adjourned to allow time for the new Raisi administration to discuss and formulate its domestic position before returning to the negotiating table.
Raisi’s election and a somewhat more stable economy – thanks to Russian and Chinese partners – have had experts speculating about a potential hard-line position by the new Iranian government and the effects this will have on the course of negotiations. However, Iran just agreed on a deal with the International Atomic Energy Agency, which will allow the UN’s watchdog to resume monitoring Iran’s nuclear program, setting the stage for a potential breakthrough in lifting US sanctions and keeping the Vienna talks alive.

Fundamental now is for Europe and the US to consider how the lessons learned from the nuclear deal can be applied to future negotiations, as well as the next steps for diplomatic relations with Iran and ensuring its compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

This Policy Insight debate will convene policymakers and diplomats from across Europe, the US and the Middle East alongside key stakeholders, civil society and experts to determine the route to continued diplomatic relations and the resilience of the JCPOA.


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Iran in focus: negotiating the nuclear deal
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  • Can the European Union, its member states and partners like the United Kingdom resuscitate – or simply maintain – relations with Iran without US support?
  • What are the diplomatic routes available to Europe to avoid over-reliance on the rotating interests of prospective US presidents?

speakers

Bart Groothuis

Vice-Chair of the European Parliament Delegation for relations with Iran

Negar Mortazavi

Diplomatic Correspondent at The Independent and 2017 MENA Young Leader

Sussan Tahmasebi

Director at FEMENA

Jon Wolfsthal

Senior Advisor at Global Zero

moderator

Jamie Shea

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

Speakers

Speakers

Bart Groothuis
Bart Groothuis

Vice-Chair of the European Parliament Delegation for relations with Iran

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A member of the European Parliament, Bart Groothuis currently sits on the Committee of Industry, Research, and Energy, as well as the Special Committee on Foreign Interference in all Democratic Processes in the European Union including Disinformation. With expertise in the fields of technology and geopolitics, Groothuis previously served as the interim-director and then director of the Cybersecurity Bureau at the Dutch Ministry of Defence.

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.

Sussan Tahmasebi
Sussan Tahmasebi

Director at FEMENA

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Sussan Tahmasebi is a women’s rights advocate and expert from Iran. She is the Director at FEMENA, an organisation that supports women human rights defenders, organisations and movements in the MENA and Asia region. Tahmasebi is also the Founder of the award-winning One Million Signatures movement, a campaign aimed at gathering the signatures of Iranians who support change and reform of discriminatory laws against women. By conducting training sessions in leadership and peace-building, as well as coordinating the development of training materials on women’s rights, Tahmasebi has worked to strengthen the capacity of Iranian civil society to influence positive change.

Jon Wolfsthal
Jon Wolfsthal

Senior Advisor at Global Zero

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Jon Wolfsthal is an expert in nuclear weapon policy, strategy and history. He is a Senior Advisor at Global Zero, the international movement which aims to eliminate nuclear weapons, and sits on the Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Previously, Wolfsthal served as a special assistant to former US president, Barack Obama, and as the special advisor for nuclear security and nonproliferation to former US vice president, Joe Biden, during Obama’s second and first terms, respectively. While in these roles, he was also the director and then senior director for arms control and nonproliferation on the US National Security Council, in which role he developed and implemented nuclear policy.

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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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Retiring from NATO in September 2018 after 38 years at the organisation, Jamie Shea has occupied a number of senior positions at NATO across a wide range of areas, including external relations, press and media, and policy planning. As NATO’s spokesperson, he was the face of the Alliance during the Bosnia and Kosovo conflicts. He later worked as the Director of Policy Planning in the private office of former Secretary General Rasmussen during the preparation of NATO’s 2010 Strategic Concept. Shea is also a regular lecturer and conference speaker on NATO and European security affairs.

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