Articles on Iran

The indispensable mediator: Europe’s role in the US-Iran dispute (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 20 September 2019

With the intense escalation between Iran and the US, and the potential for French mediation efforts to unravel, Europe must think carefully about its next move

Will the Iran conflict break the West? (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 30 August 2019

After months of both the United States and Iran taking a harder line against each other, Europe finds itself stuck between a rock and a hard place. If Iran pursues further brinkmanship in response to US provocation, European Union member states may decide they have no choice but to embrace the Trump administration’s containment strategy.

 
 

Prime mover: Johnson and the UK-Iran crisis (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey & Ellie Geranmayeh - 24 July 2019

Boris Johnson's first foreign policy test will be avoiding stumbling the UK into a broader confrontation with Iran.

How Europe can save what’s left of the Iran nuclear deal (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 16 July 2019

With the help of Russia and China, European leaders can prevent the total collapse of the 2015 agreement—and keep the region safe

60 days to save the JCPOA (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 09 May 2019

Europe and Iran both want to save the nuclear deal. But each side needs to fully understand the other’s point of view if they are to avoid dangerous miscalculations

Open letter: The US and the Iran Nuclear Deal (Commentary)

- 09 May 2019

A European Joint Call on the US to Reconsider its Approach to the JCPOA. A number of ECFR Council Members have signed it. 

When Iran goes to Iraq: The significance of Rouhani’s trip (Commentary)

Hussein Dawood & Ellie Geranmayeh - 13 March 2019

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani's first official trip to Iraq signals the beginning of a new chapter in Iran-Iraq relations, one that rising tensions between Tehran and Washington could complicate. 

Trading with Iran via the special purpose vehicle: How it can work (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh, Esfandyar Batmanghelidj - 07 February 2019

On 31 January, Germany, France and Britain announced the establishment of a special purpose vehicle aimed at facilitating legitimate trade with Iran

Warsaw ‘Iran’ summit: What lies beneath (Commentary)

Piotr Buras & Ellie Geranmayeh & Jeremy Shapiro - 24 January 2019

ECFR experts share their insight into the manouevres around next month’s US-Poland summit. What does it mean for the JPCOA, and what steps should European countries take in response?

Why the Iran nuclear deal still matters for Europe (Commentary)

Ellie Geranmayeh - 16 January 2019

Today is the JCPOA's third birthday - will it have another one?