While the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) raised hope to be the beginning of an integration of Iran into the world community in 2015, this enthusiasm partly has waned nearly two years later. The difficult relations to many Arabic states – especially to Saudi Arabia, Donald Trump’s critical opinion about the JCPOA in general, the immigration ban and open threats regarding the Iranian rocket test as well as new tendencies to rising armament in NATO states pose new foreign policy challenges for Iran and the world community in general.
A contradiction between an Iranian expansion and an imposed isolation from within and from outside of Iran raise the questions: To which extent did JCPOA contribute to international security? Can the UN-framework help maintain the JCPOA-deal? Will the Iran – US relationship recover to its pre-Trump status? How can the Steinmeier initiative towards stricter arms control cope with recent ambitions of NATO to rearm and what impacts does this have on Western-Iranian relations?
Please note that the discussion will be held under CHATHAM HOUSE RULES
Date: Monday, 27th of March 2017
Time: 18:00h pm
Venue: International Institute for Peace (IIP)
Möllwaldplatz 5/2, 1040 Wien
Hannes Swoboda former MEP, president IIP
Heinz Gaertner Univ. Prof. for Political Sciences, University of Vienna, IIP
Angela Kane former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs,
Vice President IIP
Ali Asghar Soltanieh former Ambassador of Iran to the International Organisations