The Biden administration has promised significant changes to the U.S. relationship with Iran that could have a marked impact on the Middle East. Perhaps no change would be more meaningful than reviving the Iran nuclear agreement negotiated by the Obama administration and from which the Trump administration withdrew. What is the likelihood the new administration will be successful? How did the Trump “maximum pressure” campaign influence Iran’s ability to build a nuclear bomb? How would reentering the 2015 nuclear deal affect that likelihood? What are the implications for the wider Middle East of doing so? And what of Iran’s malign activities in the region and the world?
The Michael V. Hayden Center for Intelligence, Policy, and International Security presents a panel of experts to discuss the future of U.S.-Iran relations and its implications for the Middle East. The panel will feature Kirsten Fontenrose, the director of the Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative at the Atlantic Council and formerly Senior Director for Gulf Affairs at the National Security Council; Norman Roule, who served 34 years in the Central Intelligence Agency and was National Intelligence Manager for Iran at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence from 2008 to 2017; and Ambassador Dennis Ross, the William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and who served as State Department Director of Policy Planning under President George H.W. Bush, special Middle East coordinator for President Bill Clinton, special assistant for the region to President Barack Obama, and special advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Hayden Center senior fellow David Priess will moderate the discussion. He is Chief Operating Officer of the Lawfare Institute, an author, and was a CIA analyst and briefer.
There will be time for audience questions. This Hayden Center presentation is being recorded for use on our website and social media.