Webinar: The future of the Iran nuclear deal and its importance on regional security

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This webinar will be organized on the 1st of March 2022 from 16:00-17:30 (Finnish time, GMT +2) via Zoom. Registration is open until the 28th of February. You can register for the event below. A Zoom-link will be sent to the participants before the event. 

The fate of Iran nuclear deal is in spotlight, again. Negotiated over a time-span of almost ten years, this multilateral agreement between Iran and a coalition of countries called the P5+1 effectively ensured that Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful. President Donald Trump withdrew the US unilaterally out of the agreement in 2018 and re-introduced comprehensive economic sanctions against Iran.  Negotiations over the US re-entry to the deal have resumed with the new Iranian administration of President Ebrahim Raisi. However, the deal’s future is all but certain.  

With key experts in the field, this webinar analyzes the present negotiations and the deal’s role in the regional security and arms control.   The webinar is organized by the Finnish Institute in the Middle East, University of Helsinki and Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs

Register by 28.2. Zoom-link to the event is sent to the registered participants.  

Please note that the presentations will be recorded. 

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Program 

  • Dr Trita Parsi: JCPOA and its Future
  • Dr Tytti Erästö: The Role of Sanctions in the Iran Nuclear Issue 
  • Professor (ret.) Paolo Cotta Ramusino: JCPOA and Steps for the Immediate Restoration of the Deal 

After presentations, there will be a Q&A session with the panelists. The discussion is moderated by Dr Katariina Simonen. 

About the speakers 

Dr Trita Parsi is the 2010 recipient of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order and an award-winning author with a focus on US foreign policy in the Middle East. Dr. Parsi is the Executive Vice President of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft and the former President of the largest Iranian-American grassroots organization in the US, the National Iranian American Council. He currently teaches at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington DC. His latest book – Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy (Yale University Press, 2017) - reveals the behind the scenes story to the historic nuclear deal with Iran.  

TOPIC: JCPOA and its Future

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Dr Tytti Erästö is a Senior Researcher in SIPRI’s Nuclear Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-proliferation Programme. Her research interests include the Iran nuclear deal, nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime more generally. Previously, she worked at the Ploughshares Fund in Washington, DC; the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School; the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation; and the Tampere Peace Research Institute in Finland. Her latest publication is (with Korda, M.) ’Time to factor missile defence into arms control talks’, SIPRI Commentary Sep. 2021. 

TOPIC: The Role of Sanction 

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Professor (ret.) Paolo Cotta Ramusino, Secretary General of Pugwash Conferences on Science and World 
Affairs since August 2002. The organization, which involves both scientists and non-scientists, prioritizes preservation of the basic principles of the NPT (disarmament, non-proliferation and access to nuclear energy for all the Member States). He is a (retired) Professor of Mathematical Physics at the State University of Milan (Italy) and Senior Researcher at the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics. Throughout the Cold War, Cotta-Ramusino has been a leading force in promoting the involvement of scientists in arms control and disarmament. In 1983, he co-founded the Italian Union of Scientists for Disarmament (USPID). 

TOPIC: JCPOA and Steps for the Immediate Restoration of the Deal 

Professor Paolo Cotta Ramusino

Katariina Simonen holds a LLD degree in public international law from the University of Turku. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of World Cultures, University of Helsinki, and adjunct professor at the National Defence University. She is also Council Member of Nobel Laureate (1995) Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. Her research interests focus on Iran nuclear negotiations, international security, sanctions and arms control. In addition to her academic career, she has held various government positions in the Finnish Government, European Union and NATO. 

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Registration 

Registration has closed. If you have not received the link, please check you junk folder or contact the organizers (ella.kaplas at fime.fi).

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