Can the Iran nuclear deal be saved?

Mark Leonard, Ellie Geranmayeh, Hossein Mousavian, Vali Nasr, and Ali Vaez discuss the latest developments in the negotiations around the Iran nuclear deal and evaluate different possible outcomes and their consequences

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EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell’s visit to Teheran in June was meant to revitalise negotiations around the Iran nuclear deal. But the talks, which recently resumed in Doha, remain mired in mistrust and intransigence from both sides. For this week’s podcast, Mark Leonard has assembled a team of Iran experts to take stock of the negotiations in Qatar: ECFR senior policy fellow, Ellie Geranmayeh; former Iranian diplomat and security and nuclear policy specialist at Princeton University, Hossein Mousavian; professor of Middle East studies and international affairs, Vali Nasr; and the director of International Crisis Group’s Iran project, Ali Vaez discuss the latest developments and evaluate different possible outcomes and their consequences. Is there any chance of breaking the stalemate without escalation? And what will be the impact of the upcoming midterm elections in the US?

This podcast was recorded on 1 July 2022.

Further reading

Borrell in Tehran: How to overcome three obstacles to the Iran nuclear deal By Ellie Geranmayeh


Iron net: Digital repression in the Middle East and North Africa by James Lynch

Born in Blackness by Howard W French

Master of the Game by Martin Indyk

Republics of Myth by Hussein Banai, Malcolm Byrne, And John Tirman

Cover image:
Josep Borrell Fontelles on his visit to Theran, Iran in 2020

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