Iran, Trump, and the nuclear deal in 2017

Arrival of a new American president on January 20th brings more questions than answers as to the JCPOA’s future and Iran’s relations with the world

Donald Trump’s victory in this year’s US presidential election surprised many of us.

How, I wondered, will Trump’s presidency impact my work as a Washington, DC lawyer advising companies around the globe on US trade and business laws, particularly given that much of my practice relates to compliance with sanctions on Iran?

The more relevant question for readers, however, is how will Mr Trump’s victory affect the Iran nuclear deal and more importantly, Iran’s relationship with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states and the broader Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region in 2017 and beyond?

Much has been said about the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly referred to as the nuclear deal, implemented in January by Iran and the “P5+1” nations – the United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, and Germany.  Considered imperfect by even its most ardent advocates, it has...Read more...