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December 17: The Future of Iran Nuclear Deal Under the Biden Administration

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The Institute for Peace & Diplomacy (IPD) is pleased to announce our panel on the ‘Future of Iran Nuclear Deal Under Biden Administration.’ The discussion is scheduled for 12:00 pm (EDT) on December 17 and can be watched live upon registration. Please reserve your spot with this link.

As the US prepares for a change of leadership in January 2021, this panel brings into conversation the perspectives of various experts—from Washington and Vienna, to Geneva and Tehran—on the future of nuclear negotiations with Iran under the incoming Biden administration.

While President-Elect Biden and his team have expressed their interest to re-enter the JCPOA, recent developments including the assassination of an Iranian top nuclear scientist, as well as Iran’s approved parliamentary bill to stop nuclear inspections and increase the number of advanced centrifuges show that there are major hurdles in the path of US-Iran diplomacy.  

To uncover these developments and discuss the prospect of future negotiations, we are honoured to have Ambassador Stephan Klement, EU Head of Delegation to International Organisations and EEAS Special Advisor on Nuclear Implementation of the JCPOA, as our keynote speaker in conversation with Younes Zangiabadi, Executive Vice-President of the IPD. 

This conversation will take place in the first section of the panel (12:00- 12:30 PM). Please note that Chatham House Rule is in effect for the keynote address, and the first half-hour is not open to members of the media.

In the second part of the event (12:30 PM -1:30 PM), we will host foreign policy and sanctions experts for a timely and important discussion on complexities associated with US-Iran relations and the possibility of the next US administration rejoining the Iran Nuclear Deal.

Date: December 17, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM (EDT)

Register here.

Keynote Speaker:

Stephan Klement

Stephan Klement is the EU Head of Delegation to International Organisation and Special Advisor in charge of the nuclear implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the European External Action Service (EEAS). He was involved in the negotiations on the Iranian nuclear issue since 2004 and he has more than 20 years of experience in the nuclear policy and nuclear non-proliferation field, working in different European Institutions, as well as in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). He is the holder of a doctoral degree in physics as well as in international law.


Trita Parsi

Dr. Tirta Parsi is the Executive Vice-President of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. He is an award-winning author and the 2010 recipient of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. He is an expert on US-Iranian relations, Iranian foreign politics, and the geopolitics of the Middle East. He has authored three books on US foreign policy in the Middle East, with a particular focus on Iran and Israel. Parsi’s latest book–Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy (Yale University Press, 2017)–reveals behind the scenes story of the historic nuclear deal with Iran. 

His articles on Middle East affairs have been published in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Financial Times, Jane’s Intelligence Review, the Nation, The American Conservative, the Jerusalem Post, The Forward, and others. He is a frequent guest on CNN, PBS’s Newshour, NPR, the BBC, and Al Jazeera.

Erica Moret

Dr. Erica Moret is Senior Researcher at the Centre for Global Governance and Visiting Lecturer at the Department of International Relations/ Political Science at the Graduate Institute, Geneva.  She is the coordinator and co-founder of the Geneva International Sanctions Network (GISN) and Associate Editor of the Journal of Global Security Studies. Moret is a former diplomat and she has also advised the Canadian, French, German and UK governments on their sanctions policies, including providing evidence to Inquiries for both UK Houses of Parliament and serving on various high-level EU task forces.  

From 1 October 2020, Dr. Moret acts as Project Lead on a two-year Swiss Network of International Studies (SNIS)-funded project entitled “When Money Can’t Buy Food and Medicine: Banking Challenges in the International Trade of Vital Goods and their Humanitarian Impact in Sanctioned Jurisdictions

Hassan Ahmadian

Dr. Hassan Ahmadian is an Assistant Professor of Middle East and North Africa studies at the University of Tehran and an Associate of the Project on Shi’ism and Global Affairs at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He is also a Middle East security and politics fellow at the Center for Strategic Research, Tehran.

 Dr. Ahmadian received his Ph.D. in Area Studies from the University of Tehran and undertook a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Iran Project, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Fluent in Arabic, Persian, and English, his research and teaching is mainly focused on Iran’s foreign policy and international relations, political change, civil-military relations, and Islamist movements in the Middle East. His research and analyses have appeared in peer-reviewed journals as well as prestigious Persian, English and Arabic outlets.

Thomas Juneau 

Dr. Thomas Juneau is an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. His research focuses mostly on the Middle East, in particular on Iran and Yemen. He is also interested in Canadian foreign and defence policy, in the relationship between intelligence and policy, and in international relations theory.

He is the author of Squandered Opportunity: Neoclassical realism and Iranian foreign policy (Stanford University Press, 2015), editor of Strategic Analysis in Support of International Policy-Making: Case studies in achieving analytical relevance (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017), co-editor of Iranian Foreign Policy since 2001: Alone in the world (Routledge, 2013), and co-editor of Asie centrale et Caucase: Une sécurité mondialisée (Presses de l’Université Laval, 2004). Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, he worked for the Department of National Defence from 2003 to 2014, chiefly as a strategic analyst covering the Middle East. He was also a policy officer and an assistant to the deputy minister.

Moderator – Negar Mortazavi

Negar Mortazavi is an Iranian-American journalist and political analyst based in Washington. She has been covering Iranian affairs and US-Iran relations for over a decade. She is a columnist for The Independent and host of the Iran Podcast. She is a frequent media analyst on Iran and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, BBC, France24, Aljazeera, and other media outlets in China, Turkey, and Israel.