TEPSA has recently coordinated an in-depth analysis for the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), authored by Dr Rouzbeh Parsi (Head of Middle East and North Africa programme, Swedish Institute of International Affairs) and Dr Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi (Senior Research Fellow, Middle East Security), on “An EU Strategy for relations with Iran after the nuclear deal”.
This report outlines the potential for a more structured and strategic relationship between the European Union and the Islamic Republic of Iran following the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). To both address areas of disagreement and complaints, as well as pursue common interests and matters of mutual benefit, the EU needs to put in place an institutional framework that can withstand the various setbacks that have, to date, derailed all previous efforts of political dialogue. There are a number of areas where both actors can benefit from cooperation; trade, environmental and sustainability issues, education, and combatting drug trade. Even when pursuing more contentious issues such as human rights, having a strategic and fully-fledged multilevel relationship will be helpful. There are also a number of political crisis in the region (ISIS, migration) where reaching a solution without Iranian involvement will either be unnecessarily costly or near impossible.