How to Unwind Iran Nuclear Sanctions

June 16, 2014 - 2:00 pm

1030 15th St. NW, 12th Floor (West Tower)
Washington, DC

A conversation with
Kenneth Katzman
Specialist, Middle East Affairs
Congressional Research Service

Cornelius Adebahr (via Skype from Berlin)
Associate, Europe Program
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Moderated by
Barbara Slavin
Senior Fellow, South Asia Center
Atlantic Council

With the deadline for an Iran deal fast approaching, a key element will be how to coordinate US and European sanctions relief with Iranian confidence building measures. The Atlantic Council's Iran Task Force invites you to the launch of two papers outlining options for unwinding nuclear-related sanctions against Iran. Authors Kenneth Katzman and Cornelius Adebahr will explore US and EU sanctions, respectively, looking at the evolution of sanctions over the past decade and the most feasible path to providing meaningful relief in the event that Iran agrees to significant curbs on its nuclear program. 

The Iran Task Force, chaired by Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat, seeks to perform a comprehensive analysis of Iran’s internal political landscape, its role in the region and globally, and any basis for an improved relationship with the West. This project is generously supported by the Ploughshares Fund.   


Kenneth Katzman is a specialist with the Congressional Research Service and senior Middle East analyst for the US Congress, with special emphasis on Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf states, and terrorist groups in the Middle East and South Asia.  He provides reports and briefings to members of Congress and their staffs on US policy and analysis of related legislative proposals. He has participated in congressional delegations to the region and given many official presentations and briefings at conferences and meetings in Europe, Asia, and the Islamic world. Katzman is the author of numerous articles in outside publications, and a book, The Warriors of Islam: Iran's Revolutionary Guard. Katzman holds a Ph.D. in political science from New York University. Katzman is appearing in his personal capacity as a longtime expert on Iran and does not reflect the views of the Congressional Research Service, the Library of Congress, or any Member of the US Congress.  
Cornelius Adebahr is a political analyst and entrepreneur based in Washington DC, and Berlin, Germany, working on European foreign policy in its broadest sense. He is an associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, running the Endowment’s Europe Program. In addition, he is an associate fellow of the Research Institute of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). From 2011-13, he lived in Tehran, working inter alia with the EU presidency held by Cyprus and teaching at Tehran University. Until 2011, he also was a lecturer at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at Erfurt University and a member of the Team Europe of the European Commission. He studied political science, international relations, philosophy, public law, and international economics in Tübingen, Paris, and at the Free University Berlin, where he graduated in 2001 before receiving his PhD in 2008.