Unable to attend? Watch live at 12:30 pm EST on Wednesday May 16. Follow the conversation on Twitter: #AftertheJCPOA.
On May 8, President Donald J. Trump reimposed the full range of economic sanctions on Iran that were waived when the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) was implemented in 2015 and said the United States was “withdrawing” from the agreement.
Does Trump’s decision to reimpose sanctions irrevocably doom the deal, or will the other signatories find a way to keep it going without Washington? What sort of agreement might the European powers and Iran craft to salvage the JCPOA despite the U.S. withdrawal and what would the implications be for the Gulf region? What is the Trump administration’s Plan B for dealing with Iran; what are its chances of success; and how will the international community, especially the Gulf Arab countries, respond?
Please join AGSIW on May 16 for an in-depth conversation on these crucial and rapidly developing new realities.
A light lunch will be served.
Abdulkhaleq Abdulla is a non-resident fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington as well as a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science and chairman of the Arab Council for Social Science. Abdulla is a retired professor of political science. He served as director of the Gulf Research Unit, Sharjah for 10 years. He holds a PhD in political science from Georgetown University and an MA from American University in Washington, DC. Abdulla was a Fulbright Scholar and a visiting professor at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University. He occasionally teaches a course for the Master in Gulf Studies Program at Qatar University. He is the author of several books including the Gulf Regional System. He has published more than 50 articles, most recently “The Repercussion of the Arab Spring for the GCC States,” “Sociopolitical Issues of the Arab Gulf Moment,” and “GCC at a crossroad.” Abdulla writes a monthly op-ed for Gulf News.
Ambassador Thomas Pickering is vice chairman of Hills & Company, an international consulting firm providing advice to U.S. businesses on investment, trade, and risk assessment issues abroad, particularly in emerging market economies. He retired in 2006 as senior vice president of international relations for Boeing. He has had a career spanning five decades as a U.S. diplomat, serving as secretary of state for political affairs, ambassador to the United Nations, and ambassador to Russia, India, Israel, Nigeria, Jordan, and El Salvador. He also served on assignments in Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He holds the personal rank of career ambassador, the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service. He has held numerous other positions at the State Department, including executive secretary and special assistant to Secretaries Rogers and Kissinger and assistant secretary for the Bureau of Oceans, Environmental and Scientific Affairs. He is based in Washington, DC.
Ambassador Stephen A. Seche is the executive vice president of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. He spent 35 years as a career U.S. foreign service officer. From 2011-13, he served as deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the Department of State, with responsibility for U.S. relations with the GCC states and Yemen. He served as the U.S. ambassador to Yemen from 2007-10. At the U.S. Embassy in Damascus, Syria he served as chargé d’affaires and deputy chief of mission. He additionally served as counselor for public affairs and director of the American Cultural Center in Damascus. Seche also spent two years as director of the Office for Egypt and Levant Affairs at the Department of State in Washington, DC.