Ground Truth Briefing | Iran and the U.S.: New Confrontation, Accommodation, or Muddling Through?

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Please note: Ground Truth Briefings are conducted exclusively by phone. There will be no physical meeting at the Wilson Center.

With the Trump administration’s recent imposition of new, tougher sanctions on Iran’s energy and financial sectors, Washington and Tehran have entered a new and potentially more volatile phase in their already combustible relationship. It is not clear – beyond the Trump administration’s desire to increase pressure on the Iranian regime and the regime’s efforts to resist it – what each side wants to achieve. And it seems clear that neither side is ready to create an alternative pathway that could lead to negotiations, let alone an agreement.

Will more sanction force Iran to retrench its regional activities? What about negotiating a new nuclear accord? Is the administration's goal to press the regime toward fracture or collapse? And how will Iran respond to tougher economic pressure? Will the Islamic Republic continue to abide by the 2015 accord or react by ramping up its nuclear program?

Join us as four veteran analysts address this dynamic situation.

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  • Mark Dubowitz

    Chief Executive Officer, Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD)
  • Robert S. Litwak

    Senior Vice President and Director of International Security Studies
  • Robert Malley

    President and CEO, International Crisis Group and former Senior Advisor to President Obama for the Counter-ISIL Campaign
  • Suzanne Maloney

    Deputy Director, Foreign Policy Program, Brookings Institution and Senior Fellow, Brookings Center for Middle East Policy