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 a senior policy fellow and deputy head of the Middle East and North Africa programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations. 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.
Mark Leonard is joined by Ellie Geranmayeh, deputy head of ECFR’s MENA programme, Hossein Mousavian, former Iranian diplomat and scholar, and Ilan Goldenberg, director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and former Pentagon…
ECFR - 3 May, 2019
ECFR’s New Battlelines Project maps Iran’s coalition of allies, regional influence and the counter-coalition that has formed to oppose them.
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.
Mark Leonard speaks with Ellie Geranmayeh and Dr Kayhan Barzegar about Mohammad Javad Zarif’s resignation and the current political situation in Iran. The podcast was recorded on 27 February 2019. Bookshelf: Becoming by Michelle Obama Reading Lolita from Tehran by Azar…
Iran sanctions mini-series
Ellie Geranmayeh, Esfandyar Batmanghelidj - 7 February, 2019
On 31 January, Germany, France and Britain announced the establishment of a special purpose vehicle aimed at facilitating legitimate trade with Iran
Ellie Geranmayeh - 23 January, 2019
Il 16 gennaio l’entrata in vigore del JCPOA ha compiuto il suo terzo anniversario – ce ne sarà un altro?
Ellie Geranmayeh - 16 January, 2019
Today is the JCPOA's third birthday - will it have another one?
Ellie Geranmayeh - 6 December, 2018
Iran sanctions mini-series
Ellie Geranmayeh, Esfandyar Batmanghelidj - 6 November, 2018
The US has re-imposed its sanctions on Iran; the final part of our sanctions mini-series explains how the US will implement them
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.
by Julien Barnes-Dacey, Susi Dennison, Anthony Dworkin, Francisco de Borja Lasheras, Ellie Geranmayeh, François Godement, Andrew Hammond, Daniel Levy, Kadri Liik, Angela Stanzel, Rachel Tausendfreund, Mattia Toaldo, Andrew Wilson - 29th January, 2015
18 February, 2020
The annual Munich Security Conference was themed "Westlessness", defining “a widespread feeling of uneasiness and restlessness in the face of increasing uncertainty about the enduring purpose of the West”. Is the West becoming less relevant in global affairs?…
Ellie Geranmayeh - 10 February, 2020
Lunch discussion to mark the launch of ECFR's newest paper "War and pieces: Political divides in southern Yemen". International attention to the Yemeni conflict has shifted in recent months from the Saudi-led war against the Houthis in the north and west of…
Ellie Geranmayeh - 21 January, 2020
ECFR, in partnership with the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation (FES), invited to a discussion on “Iran-US: Preventing a Collision Course” on 21 January. Following a series of attacks in Iraq that culminated in the assassination of Qassem Soleimani and missile attacks…
6 January, 2020
With the US-killing of the Iranian military leader, Qassem Soleimani, the Middle East has been yet again sent in the heart to geopolitical uncertainty and frenzy. What does the killing mean for the future of the region, the Iran Nuclear Deal and the US role within it? Was there…
Ellie Geranmayeh - 5 December, 2019
Over a year into the Trump administration's "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran, the re-imposition of sanctions have not only placed in jeopardy the Iran nuclear deal, but also hit the Iranian economy. The panel consisting of Esfandyar Batmanghelidj(Founder, Bourse…
Ellie Geranmayeh - 14 November, 2019
Recording of the Lunch Discussion analysing Yemen's role in the current Gulf crisis and how recent regional developments will have an impact on the UN-coordinated peace process. Almost a year after the widely praised UN-sponsored Stockholm Agreement, there have been…
In this episode, live from Brussels, Ellie Geranmayeh is standing in for our host Mark Leonard to discuss Iran’s further withdrawal from the 2015 Nuclear Agreement. After the Iran Strategy Meeting meeting, she met with Hossein Mousavian (Princeton University), Ilan…
This week, ECFR director Mark Leonard discusses with experts Ellie Geranmayeh and Julien Barnes-Dacey the French president Emmanuel Macron's bold initiative: Europeans are now to explore a credit line for Iran to entice the sanctions-battered country to keep abiding by an…