As the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign continues, the next 50 days will shape U.S.-Iran relations before the Biden team takes office. With tensions between Washington and Tehran already fraught, U.S. experts are closely watching for signs of what is to come, especially in light of Friday’s killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran’s top nuclear scientist, and the approaching one-year anniversary of the strike on General Qassem Soleimani. The Biden administration will enter facing an array of decisions, including on the future of the Iran nuclear deal and on Tehran’s regional activities.
To discuss the future of U.S.–Iran relations in the Biden era, CNAS CEO Richard Fontaine hosted a conversation with Robert Malley, President and CEO of International Crisis Group and former White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf Region, on Thursday, December 3, 2020.
Mr. Fontaine and Mr. Malley were joined by Ilan Goldenberg, Director of the CNAS Middle East Security Program, Elisa Catalano Ewers, Adjunct Senior Fellow in the CNAS Middle East Program, and Kaleigh Thomas, Associate Fellow in the CNAS Middle East Program for an interactive panel discussion featuring live polling and Q&A from the online audience.