- Ranj Alaaldin, Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Brookings Doha Center
- Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi, Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute
- Michael Eisenstadt, Director of Military and Security Studies Program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy
- Steven Pifer, Brookings – Robert Bosch Foundation Transatlantic Initiative Fellow of the Robert Bosch Academy
- Azadeh Zamirirad, Deputy Head of the Middle East and Africa Research Division at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs
Panel discussion: 40 minutes
Discussion with audience: 35 minutes
With the new administration in Washington, Europeans are relieved that there will be more predictability and more institutions involved in the making of the US policy towards the Middle East. On Iran, President Joe Biden's stance is generally in line with that of the EU’s; he has promised to reverse former president Donald Trump's policy of "maximum pressure.” The new secretary of state, Antony Blinken, has discussed the subject with his British, German, and French counterparts.
Across the Atlantic, there is, arguably, a consensus that the withdrawal from the JCPoA nuclear deal was shortsighted – but the nature of a new Iran policy is still very much up in the air. Should the West revive the initial nuclear deal or craft a new, more comprehensive policy to deal with Tehran that encompasses its activities in the region? What should a new Iran policy of Europe look like? Where do the main European actors stand on Iran policy, and what principles and interests should drive the EU? Do Europe and the US see eye to eye on this issue?
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