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EU-Iran Relations after the Nuclear Deal.

Blockmans, Steven. and Ehteshami, Anoushiravan and Bahgat, Gawdat and Arnaldo Abruzzini, Arnaldo Abruzzini and Florensa, Senén and de los Fayos, Fernando Garcés and Golpour, Majid and Koch, Christian and Modrall, Jay and Ponzone, Enrico and Rashedan, Nima and Zamirirad, Azadeh (2016) EU-Iran Relations after the Nuclear Deal. Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > CEPS Paperbacks . UNSPECIFIED.

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    The signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between Iran and global powers in July 2015 was a major turning point in the emerging strategic landscape of the Middle East. The ‘nuclear deal’ led to the lifting by the EU and the US of nuclear-related sanctions, and is now operational. Other sanctions remain in place, however. Nevertheless, unhindered by US competition, European trade delegations have entered into a latter-day gold rush, led by the promise of the biggest untapped market in the world. As such, the EU has both an opportunity and a responsibility to help Iran reintegrate properly into the international system. But, in the face of an opaque clerical regime that relies on internal repression and military business conglomerates, Europe stands to lose if it continues to pursue its uncalculated and uncoordinated approach towards the Islamic Republic. This report offers recommendations to guide the EU towards a comprehensive EU strategy for relations with Iran. It maintains that there is no other option but to keep universal values and the rule of law at the core of the emerging bilateral relationship. In fact, the protection of the economic rights of European traders and investors allows the EU to push for wider reforms and the normalisation of relations.

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    Item Type: Book
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Middle East
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Islam
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > CEPS Paperbacks
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2016 09:57
    Number of Pages: 123
    Last Modified: 07 Jun 2016 09:57

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