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 and Deputy Head of the MENA Programme. She specializes in European foreign policy in relation to Iran, particularly on the nuclear and regional dossiers and sanctions policy.Geranmayeh advised European governments and companies on the nuclear negotiations between Iran and world powers from 2013-2015 and continues to brief senior policy makers on how to effectively safeguard the implementation of the nuclear agreement.
Her research focus also covers wider regional dynamics including post-ISIS stabilisation, and geopolitical trends in the Middle East.
She is regularly quoted by international media outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, and appears on CNN, Al-Jazeera and the BBC to provide commentary on regional developments. Prior to joining ECFR, Geranmayeh worked at Herbert Smith Freehills law firm. She graduated in Law from the University of Cambridge.
Ellie Geranmayeh - 22 February 2016
Unless domestic factions can make necessary trade-offs to overcome this impasse, Lebanon’s resilience will be tested more than ever.
Ellie Geranmayeh - 18 January 2016
The EU will have an instrumental role, formally and politically, in safeguarding Iran deal after sanctions are lifted
Ellie Geranmayeh - 18 January 2016
On 16 January, the IAEA confirmed that Iran hads fully undertaken its nuclear related commitments necessary to begin Implementation Day
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard speaks with Christian Koch, director of the Gulf Research Center Foundation, Marc Lynch, Professor of Political Science at George Washington University, and Ellie Geranmayeh, ECFR policy fellow, about the recent breakdown of diplomatic relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
The Other Saudis – Shiism, Dissent and Sectarianism by Toby Matthiesen
Joyriding in Riyadh – Oil, Urbanism, and Road Revolt by Pascal Menoret
Taxi Tehran (Film) by Jafar Panahi
Ellie Geranmayeh - 05 January 2016
To save Syria talks, West must avoid aligning too closely with either side amidst rising Saudi-Iranian tensions.
Ellie Geranmayeh - 13 November 2015
Iran is making Italy its top priority trying to build on long-standing Italo-Iranian ties
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.
Mark Leonard speaks with Adam Baron, Ellie Geranmayeh and Julien Barnes-Dacey about Yemen caught in the midst of a regional conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia. The podcast was recorded on 19 June 2018.
Mark Leonard speaks with Iran expert Ellie Geranmayeh about what might happen after Donald Trump has decided to withdraw US support from the deal. The podcast was recorded on 10 May 2018.
After Trump’s Iran decision: Time for Europe to step up by Ellie Geranmayeh
Mark Leonard speaks with ECFR's Ellie Geranmayeh, Ilan Goldberg, head of the MENA programme at the Centre for New American Security, and Nasser Haiden, Professor of Political Science at Teheran University, about the JCPOA and whether Trump will pull out of the deal.
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Snow by Orhan Pamuk
A Saudi Prince’s Quest to Remake the Middle East by Dexter Filkins
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.
Ellie Geranmayeh comments on the security and political implications of the Iran nuclear deal for the Guardian.