The Trump administration designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a Foreign Terrorist Organization to achieve its goal of ‘maximum pressure’ on Iran. Contrary to some expectations, the administration decided not to renew the oil waivers that expire next week. As of May 2, many countries, including China, India, and Turkey, will be under the threat of sanctions. The policy of maximum pressure against Iran has implications for the bilateral relations between the US and third countries as well as for global energy markets. The administration intends to work with Gulf countries to prevent a shock to oil prices but the actual full impact remains uncertain. US allies, including Turkey, are either reluctant about or opposed to the administration’s economic pressure campaign against Iran for its economic and potentially destabilizing impact.
Please kindly join us for a timely discussion on the implications of the pressure campaign against Iran for the US foreign policy and for the region.
Mike Doran, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
Barbara Slavin, Director of the Future of Iran Initiative, Atlantic Council
Kadir Ustun, Executive Director, The SETA Foundation at Washington D.C.
Ali Vaez, Iran Project Director, International Crisis Group
Kilic B. Kanat, Research Director, The SETA Foundation at Washington D.C.
The Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA) at Washington, D.C. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, independent, nonpartisan think tank based in Washington, D.C. dedicated to innovative studies on national, regional, and international issues concerning Turkey and US-Turkey relations.