Iran Turns to China, Barter to Survive Sanctions

On November 10, the Atlantic Council’s Iran Task Force held a public briefing on Iran trade relations. This briefing marks the release of the Council’s fifth issue brief, entitled “Iran Turns to China, Barter to Survive Sanctions,” by senior fellow Barbara Slavin.

Panelists examined Iran’s changing trade patterns, its greater dependence on China, India, and Turkey, and continuing relationships with Germany and Italy. They discussed the impact of sanctions, and measures the US could take to convince Iran to curb its nuclear program without adversely affecting ordinary Iranians and the global economy.

The Iran Task Force is co-chaired by Atlantic Council Chairman Senator Chuck Hagel and Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat. The Iran Task Force 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.

Introductory remarks by

Fred Kempe
President and CEO
Atlantic Council

Senator Chuck Hagel
Chairman and Co-Chair, Iran Task Force
Atlantic Council

Stuart E. Eizenstat
Board Member and Co-Chair, Iran Task Force
Atlantic Council

A discussion with

Barbara Slavin
Senior Fellow
South Asia Center, Atlantic Council

John Garver
Director, Study Abroad, East Asia, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs
Georgia Institute of Technology

Kimberly Elliott
Senior Fellow
Center for Global Development

Kadir Ustun
Research Director
SETA (Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research)

The Iran Task Force is generously sponsored by the Ploughshares Fund.

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