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Revisiting the Iran Nuclear Deal

Former CIA Director John Brennan, Cambridge's Roxane Farmanfarmaian, and the Wilson Center's Ambassador James Jeffrey discuss whether there is hope for the JCPOA and regional de-escalation.
John Brennan
Roxane Farmanfarmaian
James F. Jeffrey
Cécile Shea
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The United States will meet with Iran in Vienna this week to begin discussions on restarting the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. With Washington and Tehran both signaling an intention to reengage, and in the wake of the Abraham Accords brokered by the Trump administration, might new avenues exist to de-escalate tensions between regional powers? Experts discuss the remaining obstacles to a renewed Iran nuclear deal and the possible geopolitical repercussions in the Middle East.

Copies of John Brennan’s 2020 book, Undaunted: My Fight Against America's Enemies, At Home and Abroad, are available to purchase from The Book Cellar.

About the Speakers
John Brennan
Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency
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John Brennan is a former American intelligence officer who served as director of the CIA from March 2013 to January 2017. He also formerly served as deputy national security advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism and as assistant to President Barack Obama.
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Lecturer, University of Cambridge
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Dr. Roxane Farmanfarmaian specializes in the foreign and security dimensions of Iran and the Middle East more broadly. She is a founding member of the POLIS affiliated Centre for the International Relations of the Middle East and North Africa at Cambridge and a senior associate fellow of the European Leadership Network.
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Chair, Middle East Program, Wilson Center
Ambassador James F. Jeffrey is the chair of the Wilson Center’s Middle East Program. Formerly, he served as US ambassador to Iraq, Turkey, and as deputy national security advisor. He was the secretary’s special representative for Syria Engagement and the special envoy to the Global Coalition To Defeat ISIS during the Trump administration.
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Security and Diplomacy
Council expert Cécile Shea
Cécile Shea is a nonresident senior fellow on security and diplomacy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. She is the president of Wakaru Communications and a special advisor to the Council’s Next Generation programs.
Council expert Cécile Shea
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meets with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi in Tehran, Iran February 21, 2021.
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