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.
Mark Leonard talks to Dick Oosting and Ellie Geranmayeh about the nuclear talks in Iran, the aftermath of the European elections and the upcoming ECFR Annual Council Meeting.
- The Colonel by Mahmoud Dowlatabadi
- Détente with Iran: how Europe can maximise the changes of a final nuclear deal by Ellie Geranmayeh
- Democracy Disrupted: the Politics of Global Protest by Ivan Krastev
- Diego Hidalgo, the vision of a philantropist , edited by Pilar Sánchez Millas
- The EU's sanctions regime against Iran in the aftermath of the JPA by Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi
For more information about the ECFR Council meeting, go to www.ecfr.eu/councilmeeting and look for #ECFRmeeting on Twitter.
Ellie Geranmayeh - 01 April 2014
Europe should keep a firewall between nuclear talks with Iran and the standoff over Ukraine with Russia.
Ellie Geranmayeh - 06 February 2014
The next few months will present some of the biggest, and at times unexpected, challenges for those advocating a political solution addressing Iran’s nuclear programme.
Ellie Geranmayeh - 25 November 2013
The E3+3 and Iran met for a third time in Geneva to sign an interim agreement on the future of Iran’s nuclear ambitions. While not perfect, the deal is a springboard for future negotiations and sets a solid foundation for talks between the E3+3 and Iran to continue.
Ellie Geranmayeh - 11 November 2013
Fingers are pointing to the French for stalling a joint statement between the E3+3 and Iran over its nuclear programme. But there's still room to remain positive about the pace at which diplomacy can come to fruition in these talks.
Ellie Geranmayeh - 22 October 2013
There has been consensus amongst the negotiators that the discussions had been positively led by Iran in a very different manner than previous talks. The key message from these rounds of talks is that the Iranian team provided details for their proposal rather than a vague or impractical framework.
by Ellie Geranmayeh - 25th October, 2017
Europe must salvage the nuclear deal with Iran and step-up robust diplomacy with Teran on regional issues.
Recent terror attacks in Berlin, Baghdad and Istanbul demonstrate that defeating ISIS militarily is only half the battle.
Joint military operations in Syria have brought Russia and Iran relations closer than at any point since World War II.
ECFR's director Mark Leonard checks in with ECFR's Policy Fellows Ulrike Franke and Ellie Geranmayeh after the first day of the Munich Security Conference 2018. They discuss the hot topics so far - European defence, the end of the liberal order and technology - and give an outlook on the more explosive discussions related to the Middle East that will be discussed on Sunday.
The podcast was recorded on Friday, 16 February 2017.
Munich Security Report 2018: To the Brink - and Back
MSC2018 Opening Statements by Ursula von der Leyen and Florence Parly
Jim Walsh: Why North Korea and Iran get accused of nuclear collusion
Franklin Foren: World Without Mind - The Existential Threat of Big Tech
Ruth Citrin speaks with Ellie Geranmayeh, Julien Barnes-Dacey and Hugh Lovatt, about the state of play in the MENA region and the considerations for Europeans after one year in office of US president Donald Trump. The Podcast was recorded on 16 January 2018.
Mark Leonard speaks with ECFR Policy Fellows Hugh Lovatt, Ellie Geranmayeh and Julien Barnes-Dacey about reactions to Trump’s recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the new divergence between Washington and Europe across the Middle East.
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard talks with ECFR’s head of MENA programme Ruth Citrin and Iran expert Ellie Geranmayeh about the consequences of Trump's decision to decertify the Iran nuclear deal and the responses that Europe can make to avert another nuclear crisis.
The podcast was recorded on 13th October 2017.
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
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
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.