The election of Hasan Rouhani as Iran’s next president has raised hopes that a diplomatic deal over Iran’s nuclear program might still be within reach. Some have suggested that relaxing sanctions is necessary for talks to succeed, while many continue to assert that sanctions should not be relaxed until Iran proves itself to be a transparent negotiator not simply looking to buy time as it continues to develop its nuclear program.
Simultaneously, tensions between the United States and Iran continue to rise: a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency released last month showed that Iran continues its nuclear progress-particularly installing advanced centrifuges; and the United States is considering military strikes against the Iran-backed Assad regime in Syria. BPC and Senators Richard Blumenthal and Dan Coats hosted a discussion on the role sanctions can play in navigating between seeking a peaceful deal and preventing a nuclear Iran.
Panel discussion featuring:
Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
Senator Dan Coats (R-IN)
Editor, POLITICO Magazine
Acting Director, BPC Foreign Policy Project