The Incoming Biden Administration: Views from Iran

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Iranian experts offer their perspective on the incoming Biden administration after four tumultuous years under the leadership of Donald Trump.

The Trump presidency saw strained relations between the United States and Iran. There was a weakening of the nuclear deal (known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA) following the US withdrawal and an increased risk of potential conflict in the region. The Biden administration presents new opportunities, but also challenges for Iran. A return to the nuclear deal, conditional on Iran’s compliance, is likely to feature high in the agenda of the President-elect already in the first 100 days of his mandate. But after more than two years of maximum pressure, military escalation and mutual mistrust, what will Iran’s reaction to the new presidency be?

The event provided a view from Iran on what the nature of Iran-US ties could look like moving forward and what Iran’s strategic calculations, on the nuclear as well as on the regional front, will be.


Seyed Jalal Dehghani Firoozabadi Director Tehran Foundation for International and Security Cooperation (TFISC) and Professor of International Relations at Allameh University

Nasser Hadian Jazy - Professor of political science and international relations at the University of Tehran

Ali Asghar Soltanieh - Former Iranian Ambassador, International Atomic Energy Agency

This event will be moderated by Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi, Lead of the Unpacking the MENA programme ( and Senior Research Fellow, International Security Studies, RUSI

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