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Expert analysis on the most timely questions about the Iran nuclear deal.

How the exit from the Iran deal will hurt the effectiveness of U.S. sanctions

ELN Policy Fellow Axel Hellman and co-author Edoardo Saravalle argue that the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran deal will hurt U.S. credibility and reduce the future effectiveness of U.S. sanctions.

15 May 2018 | Axel Hellman and Edoardo Saravalle

 

Saving the JCPOA: the EU has to work with Russia and China

Moscow-based non-proliferation experts Andrey Baklitsky and Adlan Margoev argue that the EU will not be able to save the Iran deal on its own, and it should urgently reach out to Russia and China to co-ordinate actions after US withdrawal from JCPOA.

23 April 2018 | Andrey Baklitskiy and Adlan Margoev

 

From an Isolated Iran to an Isolated US

Hans Blix, former IAEA Director General and ELN member, argues that American concerns over Iran’s nuclear weapons intentions may be more of a marketing ploy than a real worry.

17 November 2017 | Hans Blix

 

Support for the Iran Nuclear Deal Brings the EU and Russia Closer Together

ELN Director Adam Thomson and ELN Research Director Lukasz Kulesa argue that while there will be no immediate transatlantic divorce, the US position on the Iran Deal has drawn the EU countries, Russia and China closer together as JCPOA signatories.

14 November 2017 | Adam Thomson and Lukasz Kulesa

 

The Grim Gamble of the Trump Administration on Iran

Emmanuelle Maitre argues that the Trump administration’s policy shift means that it is now the US which is violating the spirit of the JCPOA. By targeting the motivations of potential investors, it is making the deal much less attractive for Tehran.

3 November 2017 | Emmanuelle Maitre

 

What Next for the Iran Nuclear Deal?

Ambassador Carlo Trezza argues that certification of Iranian compliance is a multilateral decision and that the United States should not place domestic electoral calculations ahead of global security.

18 October 2017 | Carlo Trezza

 

Trump’s New Strategy on Iran: Hard Questions for Europe

Dr Marco Overhaus, Senior Research Associate at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, analyses the US administration’s new Iran policy and discusses possible European responses.

17 October 2017 | Marco Overhaus

 

Insecurity Shadows the Iran Deal

Dr Tarja Cronberg, member of the Executive Board of the ELN, argues that even if the JCPOA doesn’t unravel straight away, the EU and the US are on the opposing sides of the dispute.

17 October 2017 | Tarja Cronberg

 

To Save the Iran Deal, the EU Must Quit Playing Defence

Azadeh Zamirirad, Senior Associate at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, argues that the EU should not shy away from going on the offensive to protect the Iran deal – ideally with the United States, but also possibly without.

25 September 2017 | Azadeh Zamirirad

 

The Danger of Trump’s Shifting Strategy on the Iran Nuclear Deal

Kelsey Davenport, Director for Nonproliferation Policy at the Arms Control Association, points to the danger of President Trump’s strategy of redefining success for the Iran Nuclear Deal.

25 August 2017 | Kelsey Davenport