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The Iran Nuclear Deal: Separating Hate, Hype and Hope

14 October 2015 - 8:00am to 9:15am

Chatham House, London


Richard Nephew, Program Director, Economic Statecraft, Sanctions and Energy Markets, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University; White House Director on Iran (2011-13); Deputy Sanctions Coordinator, US Department of State (2013-15)



In July of this year, agreement was finally reached between Iran and the E3/EU+3 on the lifting of international sanctions against Iran in exchange for limits on the country's nuclear programme. While the vast majority of Iranians enthusiastically welcomed the deal, reaction elsewhere has been fiercely divided. Barack Obama hailed an agreement that made ‘the world more secure’ but the deal is strongly opposed by leading US Republicans and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decried it as a ‘bad mistake of historic proportions’.

Richard Nephew, the former principal deputy coordinator for sanctions policy at the US Department of State and lead sanctions expert for the US during negotiations with Iran, will provide an insider’s perspective on the difficult journey towards an agreement. Analysing the final deal, Nephew will discuss how to separate political posturing and media narrative from the reality of what has been agreed and examine why opinion is so sharply divided along party lines in the US. He will explore if there really are clear winners and losers from the deal and outline some potential implications for Iran’s political, economic and military influence across the Middle East.

Attendance is strictly by invitation only. To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.
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