Experts & Staff

Ellie Geranmayeh

Senior Policy Fellow

Languages: English, Persian
Areas of Expertise: Europe-Iran relations, Iran nuclear deal and associated sanctions policy, Iranian foreign and domestic policy, Iran-Saudi relations

Ellie Geranmayeh is senior policy fellow for the Middle East and North Africa Programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations. She focuses on European foreign policy in relation to Iran, particularly on the nuclear and regional dossiers. Her expertise also covers wider regional dynamics as outlined in her latest policy publications “After ISIS: How to Win the Peace in Iraq and Libya” (ECFR, 2017) and “The new power couple: Russia and Iran in the Middle East” (ECFR, 2016).

Geranmayeh closely followed and advised on the nuclear negotiations between Iran and world powers from 2013-2015 during which time she authored “Engaging with Iran: A European agenda(ECFR, 2015), in which she assessed how Western relations with Iran can develop in the aftermath of the nuclear deal, particularly regarding energy security and pathways for de-escalation of conflicts in Syria and Iraq. Geranmayeh regularly advises governments and business across Europe and the Middle East. She is published and quoted widely by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Guardian, Foreign Affairs and Politico amongst others.  

From 2011-2013, Geranmayeh worked at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP law firm (based in London and Tokyo), where she gained experience in public international law and sanctions regimes. Ellie received a BA in Law and an MA from the University of Cambridge. She later earned a Masters in Laws, focusing on public international law and global security at the University of Virginia. 

Latest from Ellie Geranmayeh

  • ECFR Discussion: Kurdish Dynamics Amid a Fracturing Regional Order

    What will be the trajectory of Kurdish politics in Iraq and Syria following the defeat of ISIS? What are the European policy options amid a changing regional landscape?
    Hemin Hawrami, Senior Advisor, HE Masoud Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Region
    Ranj Alaaldin, Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution, Doha
    Güney Yildiz, Specialist Adviser, Foreign Affairs Select Committee, House of Commons
    Chaired by: Ellie Geranmayeh, Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR

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    ECFR Discussion: An Emerging Trump Doctrine on Iran?

    Panellists will consider Iran policy options under debate within the White House and the US Congress, including on the nuclear deal and Iran’s regional presence. The discussion will examine the implications for regional powers, Russia, and Europe of changes in US policy, in particular the impact on European governments and companies engaged with Tehran.

    Sir Richard Dalton, former UK Ambassador to Iran
    Reza Marshai, Research Director, National Iranian American Council
    Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi, Research Fellow, Royal United Service Institute
    Chaired by: Ellie Geranmayeh, Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR

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    Europe should act fast to preserve the Iran nuclear deal (Commentary)

    Ellie Geranmayeh - 03 February 2017

    As Tehran and Washington are relapsing into the rhetoric of war and conflict, Europe should focus on minimizing confrontation between them.

    After ISIS: Stabilising Iraq and Libya

    Even while conducting terrorist attacks in Berlin, Istanbul and Baghdad recently, Isis has suffered severe setbacks with the elimination of its territorial presence in Libya and the offensive in Mosul. But without a clear political strategy to guide post-ISIS efforts, both countries could again become breeding grounds for conflict and extremism, exacerbating European security and migration challenges. In light also of the new Trump administration, European states must step up their own efforts. The panellists outlined a series of recommendations for Iraq and Libya and some lessons learned for Syria.

    This discussion marked the launch of the publication "After ISIS: How to Win the Peace in Iraq and Libya", available here.

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    Cover: Mark Leonard’s World in 30 Minutes: Trump’s US: Out of the Middle East business?

    Mark Leonard's World in 30 Minutes: Trump's US: Out of the Middle East business?

    ECFR’s director Mark Leonard speaks with ECFR's Middle East and North Africa Progamme Director, Ruth Citrin, and ECFR Policy Fellows, Ellie Geranmayeh and Hugh Lovatt, on the cards that the EU can play if the U.S. walks away from the table.

    The podcast was recorded on 13 January 2017.

    Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See
    Naguib Mahfouz, Children of the Alley: A Novel
    Aeyal Gross, The Writing on the Wall: Rethinking the International Law of Occupation
    Deutsche Asset Management, Backlash against globalization: Déjà vu?

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    Cover: ECFR Clips: Will the Iran Nuclear Deal Survive Trump?

    ECFR Clips: Will the Iran Nuclear Deal Survive Trump?

    Ellie Geranmayeh, Senior Policy Fellow for ECFR's Middle East and North Africa programme, speaks with:
    1. Dr. Richard Nephew, Program Director, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University, former lead sanctions expert for the U.S. team negotiating with Iran (2011-2013)
    2. Daryl Kimball, Director, Arms Control Association

    The Podcast was recorded on the sidelines of ECFR’s Strategy Meeting on the Iran Nuclear Deal that took place in Berlin on Wednesday 11 January.

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