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Candidate Joe Biden was fiercely critical of Donald Trump’s breach of the Iran Nuclear Deal and pledged to return to it once elected president. But since taking office, Biden appears not to be in a rush, insisting that Iran must take the first step towards returning to compliance. This demand has created a deadlock as Iran inches towards its presidential election season, rendering diplomacy even more difficult. Can the JCPOA still be resurrected before Iran’s elections? What is motivating Biden’s approach? And will it pay off, or does it risk losing the nuclear deal altogether? What impact will U.S.-Iran diplomacy — or the absence thereof — have on the Iranian elections?
To answer these questions, QI will host a panel discussion featuring Emma Ashford, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council; Vali Nasr, professor of international affairs at Johns Hopkins University; and Aaron David Miller, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and moderated by Quincy Institute Executive Vice President Trita Parsi. The panel will take place on Thursday, March 25, from 2-3 pm ET.