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Covid-19 foreign influence campaigns: Europe and the global battle of narratives

The global health crisis sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic – which is currently hitting EU Member States, not least Italy and Spain, particularly hard – raises concern that a combination of disinformation and heavily promoted health diplomacy, echoed by local proxies in Europe, could potentially pave the way for wider influence in other sectors in the wake of the crisis. Continue reading

Escalating US-Iran conflict: The EU’s priorities

On 3 January 2020, a United States (US) strike outside Baghdad killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, the leader of the al-Qods force within the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IGRC), and arguably the second most important man in Iran after Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Continue reading

U.S. withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal [What Think Tanks are thinking]

President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that the United States was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear agreement, ignoring calls from other signatories to preserve the 2015 deal, which lifted sanctions on Teheran in return for measures scaling back its nuclear ambitions. Continue reading

US decertification of the Iran nuclear deal

On 13 October, US President Donald Trump announced his decision not to certify Iran’s compliance with the international nuclear agreement of 2015. Continue reading

Iraq-Iran relations following the nuclear deal

Written by Beatrix Immenkamp, Critics of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran have warned that Iran would use any financial benefits to further strengthen its influence in the region, by supporting its allies, which include important Shia militias in Iraq. While the nuclear deal has yet to translate into major economic and financial benefits for … Continue reading

Iran after the nuclear deal: Implications for the region and the EU

Written by Patryk Pawlak, Graphics: Christian Dietrich, The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed in July 2015 between Iran and France, China, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union provides an opportunity for the normalisation of Iran’s relationship with the rest of the international community. The main purpose of the … Continue reading

The nuclear agreement with Iran

Written by Patryk Pawlak; Graphics: Christian Dietrich The International Atomic Energy Agency referred the issue of Iran’s nuclear programme to the UN Security Council (UNSC) in 2006. The UN gradually adopted restrictive measures against Iran, including an embargo on states exporting materials that could be used for Iran’s nuclear programme and placing financial and travel … Continue reading

The wider Middle East: between Iran and Saudi Arabia

Written by Clare Ferguson and Patryk Pawlak, The escalation of the conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia – just a few weeks after the two countries sat down at the same table for the first time to discuss the conflict in Syria – comes at a particularly sensitive moment. Diplomatic ties between Iran and Saudi … Continue reading

Nuclear deal with Iran – what are the implications of the 14 July 2015 agreement?

Written by Eric Pichon On 14 July 2015, Iran and the group of negotiators known as ‘E3/EU + 3’ or ‘P5+1’* agreed on a “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action Regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program”. According to the agreement, Iran will have to reduce the number of its centrifuges, to produce only low-enriched … Continue reading

Nuclear talks with Iran – the 2 April 2015 preliminary deal

Written by Eric Pichon On 2 April 2015, Iran and the E3/EU+3 group of negotiators* agreed on a list of “parameters for a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action Regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program.” Although the outcome of 2 April is an ‘agreement for an agreement’ and the technicalities for its implementation are … Continue reading

EU, the Mediterranean and the Middle East – In Focus

Three years after the ousting of the former Tunisian president Ben Ali and the beginning of the uprisings in Egypt, it is perhaps a good time to take stock of what has been accomplished in the “Arab Spring countries” and the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Over the last three years, long-standing … Continue reading

First reactions to the Iran nuclear deal

[last update: 15/01/2014] Since the signing of the 24 November interim agreement between Iran and the major world powers in the E3+3 (also commonly referred to as the P5+1) on the country’s nuclear programme, analysts and commentators have been busy discussing the merits of the deal and its implications. Supporters of the deal have generally … Continue reading

Iran’s nuclear programme: 10 years of talks

On 15 October 2013, a new round of negotiations on Iran’s nuclear programme began between Iran and the group of major world powers known as the E3+3 (the group is also commonly referred to as the P5+1 and consists of France, Germany, the UK, China, Russia and the US). A second session was held from 7-10 November, … Continue reading

Is a nuclear deal with Iran on the cards?

Iran’s new President, Hassan Rouhani, has stated his intention to improve Iran’s ties with the West. This change in tone raised hopes for a deal on Iran’s nuclear programme. The recent talks in Geneva were not a breakthrough, but they did restart the dialogue. Iran’s new president Hassan Rouhani’s election in June 2013 has raised … Continue reading

Women in 2011-2012 reports: Iran

Following various human rights reports, it seems that in comparison with most other countries of the MENA region, Iranian women experience particularly serious discrimination both in law and in practice. First of all, their political rights are very limited. Whereas since 1963 women have had the right to vote, they cannot become President and their … Continue reading

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