Losing an Enemy: Can the Iran Nuclear Deal Survive Trump?

June 19, 2017 - 12:00 pm

Atlantic Council, 1030 15th Street NW
Washington, DC

Losing an Enemy: Can the Iran Nuclear Deal Survive Trump? 

A conversation with:
Trita Parsi
Author and President
National Iranian American Council

Introduced and Moderated by:
Barbara Slavin
Acting Director, Future of Iran Initiative
Atlantic Council

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was the product of more than a decade of negotiations initiated by three European countries in the absence of US-Iran dialogue. The talks succeeded only after the United States took a leading role and the stars aligned in Tehran and Washington with two governments determined to reach a deal. In his third book on US-Iran diplomacy, Trita Parsi details the history of those talks and the reasons for their success, as well as the challenges the agreement now faces. 

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Trita Parsi is an award winning author and the 2010 recipient of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. He is the founder and president of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) and an expert on US-Iranian relations, Iranian foreign politics, and the geopolitics of the Middle East. He is the author of Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States (Yale University Press 2007), A Single Roll of the Dice - Obama's Diplomacy with Iran (Yale University Press 2012) and his latest book, Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy (Yale University Press, 2017). Parsi was born in Iran but moved with his family at the age of four to Sweden in order to escape political repression in Iran. His father was an outspoken academic who was jailed by the Shah and then by the Ayatollah. Parsi moved to the United States as an adult and studied foreign policy at Johns Hopkins’ School for Advanced International Studies where he received his Ph.D.  Parsi founded NIAC to provide a non-partisan, non-profit organization through which Iranian-Americans could participate in American civic life. Parsi has followed Middle East politics through work in the field and extensive experience on Capitol Hill and at the United Nations. He is frequently consulted by Western and Asian governments on foreign policy matters. 
Barbara Slavin is the Acting Director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council and Washington correspondent for Al-Monitor.com, a website devoted to news from and about the Middle East. The author of Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the US and the Twisted Path to Confrontation (2007), she is a regular commentator on US foreign policy and Iran on NPR, PBS, and C-SPAN. A career journalist, Slavin previously served as assistant managing editor for world and national security of the Washington Times, senior diplomatic reporter for USA TODAY, Cairo correspondent for the Economist, and as an editor at the New York Times Week in Review.