Esfandyar Batmanghelidj is the founder and CEO of the Bourse & Bazaar Foundation, a think tank focused on economic diplomacy, economic development, and economic justice in the Middle East and Central Asia. He has published peer reviewed research on Iranian political economy, social history, and public health, as well as commentary on Iranian politics and economics. Esfandyar is a visiting fellow (2021-2022) with the Middle East and North Africa programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations. His previous work experience includes senior roles in a boutique strategic communications firm and in an education technology start-up. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and Middle Eastern studies from Columbia University, where he graduated summa cum laude. From 2021 to 2023 he will be completing an executive master’s in public administration at the London School of Economics.
Content by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj
It is simply unrealistic of Biden’s critics to think the US can obtain a “better deal” in which Iran makes sweeping concessions without gaining anything in return. But if the JCPOA is restored, new channels will open for multilateral diplomacy with Iran, write Esfandyar Batmanghelidj and Sahil Shah
On the eve of the seventh round of negotiations on the restoration of the JCPOA – or Iran nuclear deal – the ELN and the Bourse & Bazaar Foundation publish a set of creative ideas to help bridge gaps related to guarantees and sanctions relief.