Brief/ Rhetorical Confrontation Is No Substitute for the EU’s Iran Policy by Riccardo Alcaro


The EU’s Iran policy has been in a bind since any hope for reactivating the 2015 nuclear deal dissipated. The EU is unable to articulate its rhetorical confrontation with Iran into policies that actually help pursue its composite set of interests with regard to Iran, which now extend beyond nuclear proliferation and Middle Eastern stability to European security and the protection of human rights inside Iran.

In this JOINT Brief, Riccardo Alcaro (JOINT Project Coordinator & Head of Research, Istituto Affari Internazionali) notes that if Europe wants to regain a measure of influence, the time has come to leave the comfort zone of edifying condemnation of Iran and start navigating the agitated waters of the multipolar age.


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