Report on two days of meetings, co-hosted by RUSI and the British Council, of UK- and Iran-based scholars who discussed the state of Iran–West relations following the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
A flare-up in the skies above Israel and Syria over the weekend has put a strain on Binyamin Netanyahu’s close ties with Vladimir Putin. The clash also makes it clear that Moscow is the boss when it comes to the Middle East.
Britain’s Nuclear Safeguards Bill overcame its first major hurdle last week and will now undergo further parliamentary scrutiny before receiving Royal Assent later this year. Now is a good time to reflect on the Bill’s necessity and the obstacles it will face.
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between Iran and the P5+1 was almost universally welcomed. But can the P5+1 deliver the promised sanctions relief? Or will banks, heavily fined for breaching Iranian sanctions remain risk-averse, restricting opportunity for economic growth?
Negotiators have made commendable progress in their effort to reach a comprehensive agreement. Yet disagreements on sanctions relief, inspections and centrifuge research could still prove insurmountable.