US Renews Sanctions on Iran

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As the United States renews sanctions against Iran, here is a collection of reports and analysis exploring the issue in detail.

Implementing Sanctions

Dreaming of Financial Independence

In light of new US sanctions on Iran, the German foreign minister’s call for EU financial payments autonomy may seem fanciful today, but for how much longer?

A Final Nail in the Coffin of the Iran Nuclear Deal?

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) avoided a decision to return Iran to its blacklist of countries not doing enough to combat money laundering. Iran’s continued litany of financial crime failings further undermines the future of the country’s nuclear deal with Western governments.


Analysing the US Decision

Give Up the Dream of a Grand Bargain: Why a Trump Can’t Strike a Deal with Iran

The US administration pretends that its decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal with Iran is a radically new approach which may change the entire regional strategic equation, similar to the huge policy reversal towards China executed by President Nixon in the early 1970s. This commentary argues that the Trump White House will be disappointed; the comparisons with Nixon are misconceived.

European-Iran Relations

Better Together: Brexit, the E3, and the Future of Europe’s Approach towards Iran

The paper provides insights into what London, Paris and Berlin think about the prospects of survival of the E3 format in light of Brexit; it also explored their views as to what the future of Europe’s approach towards Iran and the nuclear deal will be moving forward.

 Iran and the West after the Nuclear Deal: High Hopes, Low Returns

A report of a discussion between UK- and Iran-based scholars who met to explore the state of Iran–West relations following the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). 

 Collateral Damage: President Trump’s Decision on Iran and Its Impact on Europe

 President Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Iran nuclear agreement, and reimpose sanctions against Iran, will matter most in Europe.