The Iranian nuclear programme has been the subject of almost twenty years of diplomatic negotiations between the “5+1” group of states representing the international community and the Islamic Republic of Iran. The diplomatic process first culminated on 14 July 2015 in the adoption of the so-called ‘Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action’ (JCPOA). After the Trump administration twice certified Iran’s compliance, the President withdrew the US from the Iran nuclear deal as Trump pledged that he would negotiate a better deal. Trump left office without fulfilling that pledge. Analysts have determined that, irrespective of the tortuous EU-led negotiations that have sought to revive the deal, Iran has moved closer to developing a nuclear weapon.
So what exactly are the key parameters of the proposed solutions to defuse this nuclear issue? Under what conditions will the economic sanctions be gradually eased? And what commitments will be accepted by Iran? What role is the EU playing in this process? And how will the IAEA be able to verify the permanent limitation of different aspects of the nuclear programme, including its military component?
These and other aspects will be addressed during the webinar, with impulses by:
- Majid Golpour, Senior Research Fellow at CECID, Université Libre de Bruxelles
- Steven Blockmans, Director of Research at CEPS