The Iran Nuclear Deal: Insecurity across the Gulf

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The Iran Nuclear Deal: Insecurity across the Gulf

10th May 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

For the past five and a half years the United Kingdom has wrestled with its diplomatic attempts to try and bring the Iranian regime to nuclear compliance, in accordance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Originally conceived by the Obama administration, the so-called nuclear deal sought to curb Iran’s nuclear programme, which many in the UK and the US believed was a front for Tehran’s ambitions to become a nuclear power.


In reality, the JCPOA has merely emboldened the Iranian regime; global sanctions relief in return for Iranian nuclear compliance enriched the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, who have continued funding, arming, and directing regional terrorist forces who attack both the UK’s national interests in the region, and those of its closest allies. Whilst many observers have maintained that Iran has largely complied with the terms of the JCPOA and the accompanying UN Security Council Resolution 2231, this is also a false narrative. Iran is guilty of extensive non-compliance, while still receiving non-US sanctions relief from the remaining JCPOA signatories – including from the UK.


At a time when an increasingly hostile Iran is continuing to threaten the UK’s security interests across the Arabian Peninsula, and with ongoing negotiations taking place in an attempt to entice Iran back to a largely ineffective JCPOA, what options are available to the UK and its allies in Washington, Europe and the Middle East, to ensure Iranian compliance?


The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to this timely and informative debate, where we will be joined by three expert speakers to discuss the broad issues of Iranian nuclear non-compliance, its sponsorship of regional terrorist organisations, and the tools at government’s disposal to try and ensure a more nuclear compliant Iran going forwards.


Col. Richard Kemp CBE is a retired British Army officer who served from 1977 to 2006. Kemp was an infantry battalion Commanding Officer. Among his assignments were the command of Operation Fingal in Afghanistan from July to November 2003, and work for the Joint Intelligence Committee and COBR.


Dr Pupak Mohebali is an Iranian political scientist and multi-media journalist working at Iran International TV. Pupak specializes in nuclear diplomacy, national identity, and examining the deeper context in which Iran’s nuclear ambitions exist. Her work aims to move the discourse on Iran and Iran’s nuclear program beyond state actors’ traditional security narratives.


Jason Brodsky is a senior Middle East analyst and Editor at Iran International. From 2016-21, he served as the Policy Director of United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI). In addition to managing the organization’s research and writing portfolios, he assisted former U.S. Senator Joseph I. Lieberman with his work on Iran. His research specialties include leadership dynamics in Iran and its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Shiite militias, and U.S. Middle East policy.


Robert Clark is a Research Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society’s Global Britain Programme. He has completed a BA in International Relations and Arabic (First Class Honours) at Nottingham Trent University, and an MA in International Conflict Studies (Distinction) at King’s College London. Robert’s main research interests include emerging technologies within defence, alliance building and the trans-Atlantic partnership, and authoritarian threats to the global order. Robert’s most recent publications include for the NATO Defence College and Civitas. He has regularly submitted evidence for both the Defence and Foreign Affairs Select Committees, and is a regular contributor for the UK Defence Journal, in addition to writing for The Telegraph, CapX, and The Wavell Room. Robert served for nine years in the British Army, serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.


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10th May 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


United Kingdom


Henry Jackson Society
+44 (0) 20 7340 4520


Col. Richard Kemp, Dr Pupak Mohebali, Jason Brodsky, Rob Clark


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