New Actors, New Discussion Format – How the Iran Nuclear Deal Can Be Saved

INVITATION

The International Institute for Peace (IIP), the Academic Peace Orchestra Middle East and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) in Cooperation with the Austrian Association for the Middle East Hammer-Purgstall (ÖOG) cordially invite you to the Panel Discussion on the topic

New Actors, New Discussion Format

How the Iran Nuclear Deal Can Be Saved

Date:                                Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Time:                                7:00 pm                            

Venue:                             International Institute for Peace,

                                          Möllwaldplatz 5/II, 1040 Vienna, Austria,

Registration:                  https://www.iipvienna.com/registration/

Moderation:

·       STEPHANIE FENKART, Director, International Institute for Peace

Panelists

·       MARC FINAUD, Senior Adviser at Geneva Centre for Security Policy

·       Prof. Dr HEINZ GÄRTNER, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the IIP, University of Vienna

·       Amb. STEPHAN KLEMENT, Head of the EU Delegation to the International Organizations in Vienna

·       Adj. Prof. em. Dr. BERND W. KUBBIG, Founder and Coordinator of the Academic Peace Orchestra Middle East (Apome); former Project Diroector, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF/HSFK)

Content:

The development is worrisome: significant parties to the Iran Nuclear Deal or JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) have engaged in escalation: the Iranians with their calculated breaches of their commitments; Germany, France and Great Britain ‒ temporarily ‒ through their highly risky initiative of 14 January 2020 that set in motion the dispute resolution mechanism (DRM) provided for in the agreement. The loss of trust between the three Europeans and Tehran is very clear; their credible mediating role vis-à-vis the United States is just as much as face-saving initiatives aiming at Tehran that may be ready for discussion. All of this is happening in the wake of the further tightening of the US sanction screw with the aim of getting the Iranians to the table for a new deal. From Washington’s point of view, two other topics should be discussed: Iran’s threatening missile programmes and its destabilizing external behaviour in the region. A lot is at stake. New actors and an expanded discussion format are needed to avoid collisions, to take into account the demands of the United States and to maintain the substance of the agreement. Switzerland, Austria and Finland, which are unencumbered in terms of JCPOA, are in demand with their “good offices”.

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