Saving Transatlantic Cooperation and the Iran Nuclear Deal

A View from Europe and the United States

Published in: SWP Comment, 2018/C 09 (February 2018)

Posted on RAND.org on February 16, 2018

by Corentin Brustlein, James Dobbins, Dalia Dassa Kaye, Oliver Meier, Marco Overhaus, Neil Quilliam, Charles P. Ries, Dorothee Schmid, Sanam Vakil, Azadeh Zamirirad

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Transatlantic differences over the future of the Iran nuclear deal — or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) of July 2015 — are damaging a nuclear accord that all parties, except the United States, see as delivering on its purpose. They also increase the risk of Washington and European capitals working at cross-purposes vis-a-vis Iran and broader regional policies. To avoid such a scenario, the E3 (France, Germany, United Kingdom)/European Union (EU) and the United States need to set up new channels of communication to avoid a transatlantic rift, to attempt — if at all possible — to preserve the Iran deal, and to secure its benefits for regional and global security.

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