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On Friday, May 11, 2018 WWAC held a talk entitled
“Revisiting the Nuclear Agreement between Iran and the US, the JCPOA”
by Seyed Hossein Mousavian, a former nuclear negotiator for Iran and nuclear policy specialist at Princeton University.

Press: Read Write-up of the Talk in The Commons

View BCTV video of the talk below:

The 2015 nuclear deal struck between Iran and six world powers – the US, UK, Russia, France, China, and Germany – was the signature foreign policy achievement of Barack Obama’s presidency. The initial framework of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, lifted crippling economic sanctions on Iran in return for limitations to the country’s controversial nuclear energy programme, which international powers feared Iran would use to create a nuclear weapon. But Mr Obama’s close association with the deal put it in the crosshairs of his successor, Donald Trump, who has claimed that the deal was too lenient and that Iran has broken parts of the agreement.

With our talk scheduled to take place on the eve of President’s Trump’s expected announcement regarding the Nuclear Agreement, Dr. Mousavian had been planning to assess the Iran nuclear deal and the lessons for US-Iran diplomacy that could be learned from it. But 3 days before the talk, on May 8, President Donald Trump announced, ahead of schedule, that he was withdrawing the U.S. from the JCPOA, and that changed our speaker’s plan.

In light of the U.S. withdrawal from the Nuclear Agreement, instead of his planned speech Dr. Mousavian reviewed the history of U.S-Iran relations and described how what had been a positive relationship devolved into extreme mistrust between the two nations. He then assessed the situation from the Iranian point of view.


Hintergrundgespraech mit Hossein Mousavian, Princeton University, Koerber Stiftung Berlin, 23.03.2012. Foto: Marc Darchinger www.darchinger.comDr. Mousavian is a Middle East Security and Nuclear Policy Specialist at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. From 1997 to 2005, he was the head of the Foreign Relations Committee of Iran’s National Security Council; from 2003 to 2005, he served as spokesman for Iran in its nuclear negotiations with the European Union. He is author of “The Iranian Nuclear Crisis: A Memoir”published by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in June 2012.  His latest book, “Iran and the United States: An Insider’s view on the Failed Past and the Road to Peace” was published by Bloomsbury Publishers in May 2014.

You can learn more about the Iran Nuclear Deal and this talk here

You can learn more about Seyed Hossein Mousavian here and by visiting his web site:


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