03 November 2021 – Policy Dialogue
Speakers: Azadeh Zamirirad, Deputy Head, Africa & Middle East Division, SWP; Eldar Mamedov, Foreign policy adviser, European Parliament; Mohammad Ali Shabani, Editor, Amwaj.media; Shireen Hunter, Honorary Fellow, Georgetown University
Moderator: Mihai Chihaia, Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre
The dilemma surrounding the future of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) continues to hold an important place in the security architecture of the Middle East. Three months after Ebrahim Raisi became President of Iran, a lack of clarity vis-à-vis returning to negotiations on the nuclear deal remains. In addition, events such as the Afghanistan crisis are further heightening regional tensions and shaping security and political interactions in the area.
During our Policy Dialogue, the panellists discussed several key aspects surrounding these issues. What are the next steps regarding the JCPOA? Is a return to the nuclear deal expected soon? What are the hurdles and what is the strategy of the new administration in Tehran? What has changed from the previous administration? What direction is Iran’s foreign policy taking? How is Iran’s new government dealing with the country’s economic challenges and ongoing Covid19 crisis? What are the positions and policies of the EU and the US regarding the new leadership in Tehran? What are the avenues for transatlantic cooperation regarding future Iranian policies?