Iran’s New Role in the Middle East
Dr Kamal Kharazi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Islamic Republic of Iran (1997-2005)
Chair: Dr Lina Khatib, Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Dr Kamal Kharazi, the former Iranian minister of foreign affairs, will reflect on Iran’s role in the Middle East following the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), agreed between the P5+1, the EU and Iran.
How does Iran see its role in the region changing over the next few years? Where does Iran stand on the current crisis between Qatar and its GCC partners? And what part can Tehran play in combatting the prevailing Sunni-Shi’a narrative that has become a commonplace explanation for the geopolitical dynamics causing growing tensions throughout the region?