Esfandyar Batmanghelidj, Founder, Bourse & Bazaar
David Ramin Jalilvand, CEO, Orient Matters
Tara Sepheri Far, Iran Researcher, Human Rights Watch
Ellie Geranmayeh, Deputy Head of the MENA Programme, ECFR
ECFR is delighted to invite you to an on-the-record discussion on “Iran: Calculating the cost of US sanctions” taking place at ECFR's Berlin office on 3 December.
Over a year into the Trump administration's “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran, the re-imposition of sanctions have not only placed in jeopardy the Iran nuclear deal, but also hit the Iranian economy. The panel will look at the costs associated with the US sanctions policy including the impact on ordinary Iranians as well as the Iranian leadership.
The event will consider the impact of the US sanctions on trade between Europe and Iran, particularly in the humanitarian sector. The event will discuss a recent report published by Human Rights Watch that documents how US sanctions have undermined access to health for millions of Iranians. These findings outline the constraints on the ability of Iranian entities to finance humanitarian imports, including vital medicines and medical equipment from Europe.
The discussion will also assess the trajectory of US sanctions policy over the course of 2020 and what steps European actors, both in government and business, can take to mitigate these consequences.