Balancing a New Relationship with Iran: Security and Insecurity in the Wake of the Nuclear Deal

10 November, 2016

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Stimson Center, Washington, DC

Past Event


Following the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, there was widespread optimism that Iran would develop into a peaceful and constructive member of the international system. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is a significant development, as it brings the nuclear issue under international scrutiny and control. At the same time, actions from Iran — both historically and more recently — continue to contribute to instability in the Middle East.

While Iran has maintained its commitments under the nuclear deal, leaders in Iran continue to espouse a foreign policy that confronts U.S. friends and allies and supports both governments and militant organizations that challenge U.S. interests and disrupt peace and security in the region. At the same time, the U.S. and Iran have found a common enemy in Iraq, with Secretary of State John Kerry recently conceding that Iran has been “in certain ways helpful” in the fight against ISIL-Daesh, and Iran has begun to forge new relationships in the international economy.

Undoubtedly engagement with Iran is necessary for bringing peace and security to the Middle East region. This engagement needs to involve key states in the region and incorporate their views and perspectives regarding Iran’s potential for both contributing to security and fomenting insecurity in the region.

WHAT: The panel considered where Iran’s contributions continue to fall short and where there may be cause for optimism in this new era in relations.
WHERE: 1211 Connecticut Ave NW, 8th Fl, Washington, D.C. 20036
WHEN: Thursday, November 10, 2016, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
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Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield, Jr.
, Chairman, Stimson Center
Ahmed Al Hamli, President and Founder, TRENDS
Richard Burchill, Director of Research & Engagement, TRENDS
Laicie Heeley, Fellow, Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense, Stimson Center
Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director IISS – Americas
David Albright, Founder and President, Institute for Science and International Security

For further information, please contact Dr. Richard Burchill, TRENDS [email protected]

Event Videos

Building a New Relationship with Iran Conference Highlights

Balancing a New Relationship with Iran – Full Conference Video

TRENDS Interview with David Albright