BY INVITATION ONLY: Roundtable on the Iran Nuclear Deal with Baroness Catherine Ashton and Richard Nephew

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The Royal United Services Institute will host a private roundtable with Baroness Catherine Ashton and Richard Nephew on Thursday 1 June 2017 to discuss their respective roles in the negotiations of the Iran nuclear agreement.

They will speak about why the deal matters, and the opportunities and challenges moving forward from a European and an American perspective. The discussion will be moderated by Dr Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi and will be off-the-record.

Speakers Biography

Baroness Catherine Ashton is a Life Peer in the House of Lords. Before joining the Lords she worked as a Director for Business in the Community, committed to Inner City Regeneration and supporting minority communities to get better employment opportunities. She was also the Vice President of the National Council for One Parent Families. She has served as a minister in the Department for Education and Skills, and subsequently in the Department for Constitutional Affairs and Ministry of Justice. In 2009, she became the European Union's first High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and won praise for her work as a negotiator in difficult international situations, particularly for her role in bringing Serbia and Kosovo to agreement in 2013 and in the nuclear talks with Iran which she led for over 4 years. This year she received the Presidential Medal from Kosovo. She is a Woodrow Wilson Scholar and a member of the Global Leadership Foundation. She has just been appointed the first woman Chancellor Warwick University in the UK and a Trustee of the Royal United Services Institute.

Richard Nephew is a Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs. He is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He assumed both of those roles in February 2015. Prior to then, he served as Principal Deputy Coordinator for Sanctions Policy at the Department of State, a position he held since February 2013. Nephew also served as the lead sanctions expert for the U.S. team negotiating with Iran, starting with the private channel talks in August 2013. From May 2011 to January 2013, Nephew served as the Director for Iran on the National Security Council staff at the White House. Earlier in his career, he served in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation at the State Department and in the Office of Nonproliferation and International Security at the Department of Energy.

Dr Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi is a Research Fellow at RUSI. Her research is concerned with security in the Middle East, with a particular focus on Iran’s foreign and domestic politics. She completed her PhD project at the War Studies Department of King’s College London (where she remains a Visiting Fellow) on the diplomatic initiative of France, Germany and the UK (E3) towards the Iranian nuclear dossier. Prior to joining RUSI, she was an Associate Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, where she specialised on EU foreign policy and transatlantic relations on Iran, particularly in the context of sanctions.

This event is by invitation only. For more information please contact Lieke Bos, RUSI Project Officer, on

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