More than a year has passed since Joe Biden took office and the United States has yet to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal, or JCPOA. While U.S. and European powers are warning that time is running out and hint at a potential shift toward a Plan B, Tehran insists that assurances must be provided that the United States will honor its commitments to the agreement this time around. The Raisi government has proven a more uncompromising counterpart than its predecessor and the Biden negotiating team has few insights into its calculations and political limitations. What are the political constraints of the Raisi government and how do they shape Iran’s negotiating position? How has the economic impact of America’s maximum pressure shaped the politics of Iran, and in extension, Tehran’s diplomatic maneuverability? And what options do the U.S. and its European allies have if the JCPOA talks collapse?
To answer these questions, the Quincy Institute is pleased to host a discussion featuring Nathalie Tocci, Special Advisor to EU High Representative Josep Borrell; Hadi Kahalzadeh, Ph.D. fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University; and Narges Bajoghli, Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Quincy Institute Executive Vice President Trita Parsi will moderate.