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On May 8, President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the Iranian nuclear accord crafted by his predecessor. The withdrawal came after efforts by US allies in Europe to keep the US in the deal, and suggests division between the US and some of its closest partners in the years to come.
In a recent speech at the Heritage Foundation in Washington DC, Mike Pompeo, Trump’s newly appointed Secretary of State and a well-known critic of the Iran deal, declared that the Trump administration will take steps to punish the Iranian regime for regional aggression and impose stiff financial penalties. However, Pompeo also suggested that the administration is open to a new deal that addresses what it sees as the JCPOA’s failings. Under the guidance of Secretary of State Pompeo and Trump’s new national security advisor John Bolton, the Trump administration seems to be charting a much more confrontational policy towards Iran.
Please join the SETA Foundation at Washington DC for an insightful discussion with our panel of experts on this major turning point in US foreign policy as we discuss what it means for US relations with its allies in Europe and the Middle East and what US-Iranian interactions may look like moving forward.
Hussein Ibish, Senior Resident Scholar, Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington
Reza Marashi, Research Director, National Iranian American Council
Sigurd Neubauer, Middle East Analyst and Columnist
Barbara Slavin, Director of Future of Iran Initiative, Atlantic Council
Randa Slim, Director of Conflict Resolution and Track II Dialogues Program, Middle East Institute
Kilic B. Kanat, Research Director, SETA Foundation at Washington DC