A final and sustainable Iranian nuclear agreement?
More than two years in the making, the agreement concluded by China, the EU, France, Germany, Russia, the UK and the US with Iran to prevent the ‘weaponisation’ of the latter’s nuclear programme is a big deal. But it is not the silver bullet to the normalisation of relations. This became clear in the ‘tour du monde in eight conference calls’, carried out by CEPS in the framework of a public event held on June 30th, when the contours of the final deal concluded two weeks later had already emerged. As evidenced in remarks from, among others, Majid Golpour (ULB), Mostafa Zahrani (IPIS) and Sadegh Zibakalam (Tehran University), as well as interventions by Elliot Abrams (CfR), Ambassador Selim Yenel (Turkey), Jin Liangxiang (SIIS) and Hillel Newman (MFA, Israel), implementation of the ‘historic’ deal will be a tortuous process, fraught with suspicion and friction. See also the CEPS Commentary by Steven Blockmans, ‘The nuclear deal with Iran: Le moment suprême?’, 16 July 2015.