Reflecting on Iran

The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour (Original Air Date: November 13, 2o19) — This week on the program, we air a forum featuring journalist and foreign policy expert Barbara Slavin discussing U.S.-Iran relations and the history between the two countries.

In early April, the Biden administration began preliminary talks with Iran through intermediary parties in Vienna. This could mean a potential relaunch of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal originally negotiated under President Obama. President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the agreement in 2018 and reinstituted sanctions on Iran that are still in effect. The situation is made more complicated after a cyberattack cut power to Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility last Sunday, causing significant damage to the site’s infrastructure. Iran blamed Israel for the attack and says it will “take revenge” for what it called an act of “nuclear terrorism.”

This week on our program,  we’re airing a forum that was recorded before these latest developments, but that provides a framework for understanding the wider context of U.S.-Iran relations. Barbara Slavin, Director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council, delves into the Trump administration’s role in shifting foreign policy on Iran, the forces that have historically shaped these relations and potential outcomes for the two countries.

This forum was recorded on October 24, 2019.