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Europe must stand up for its core security interests

By Leo Hoffmann-Axthelm / 27 September, 2019

Amid escalating nuclear rhetoric, the Iran Deal and INF-Treaty have collapsed – and the New START treaty is set to expire next year. The current US policy on nuclear weapons is a provocation to EU security interests: it is time for multilateral approaches to disarmament and arms control. The EU...

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The EU and lifting the shadow of nuclear proliferation

By Glyn Ford / 26 September, 2019

The threat of nuclear proliferation around the globe today is greater than it has been for at least  a quarter of a century. Two of the main sources of contagion are in Tehran and Pyongyang, but both cases are products of the wider political environment rather than consequences of domestic...

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Europe, Iran and the Middle East: squaring the circle of complexity

By Silvia Colombo / 28 February, 2019

When the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA – the formal name of the nuclear deal with Iran), was reached in July 2015 it was clear that this major achievement had been accomplished thanks to the fact that an important condition for Iran – not seeing the nuclear issue mixed...

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Iran: one notable leap for the EU, one insufficient step for the nuclear deal

By Vassilis Ntousas / 22 February, 2019

The taxi driver in Tehran was furious: “Where is the EU? We believed that you were strong enough to deliver on your commitments, but why are you not doing anything to stand up to Trump?”   From a European perspective, during this period, which is pregnant with queries about Europe’s...

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Engaging Iran – not isolating it – is essential to Middle East stability

By Andrea Dessì / 20 February, 2019

“It is fundamental and crucial for our security”. With these words, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini pushed back against renewed calls by the US to end Europe’s support for the Iran Nuclear Deal, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as it is formally called.   The statement was made...

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How should the EU deal with illegal extraterritorial sanctions?

By Christian Deubner / 18 February, 2019

Germany, France and the UK have agreed on a special purpose vehicle (INSTEX) to facilitate trade between the EU and Iran to get around US sanctions. This agreement has shown the willingness of EU member states to act against illegal extraterritorial sanctions of third states. But the conflict over US...

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President Trump’s reckless decision requires a clear answer

By Knut Fleckenstein / 8 June, 2018

With his unnecessary decision to unilaterally leave the Iran nuclear deal, US President Donald Trump showed that he has no will to maintain a common policy with his allies.   On May 8 US president Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive...

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Iran’s Leadership After Trump Abandons The JCPOA

By Reza Marashi / 8 June, 2018

With Donald Trump abandoning the JCPOA, all eyes are now on Tehran. How will Trump’s unilateralism affect the balance of power in Iranian politics? As America seeks to re-impose sanctions, conventional wisdom presumes that Hassan Rouhani and his team are now marginalized. However, declarations of their demise are premature and...

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What it will take to keep the deal alive

By Adnan Tabatabai / 7 June, 2018

The U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear agreement between Iran and the EU/E3+3 constitutes a strong rejection of multilateralism by the Trump administration and leaves the remaining parties of the agreement with the challenge to safeguard its survival. Europe has been ascribed a leading role in this quest, as it has...

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