QU-CAS symposium discusses US strategy
24 Oct 2017 - 1:05
The Gulf Studies Center (GSC) at Qatar University College of Arts and Sciences (QU-CAS) organised on October 22 a symposium titled “Trump’s Iranian Nuclear Policy and its Implication for the Gulf”.
The event aimed to discuss the new American strategy announced by the President of the United States Donald Trump with regard to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known commonly as the Iran deal or Iran nuclear deal.
This international agreement on the nuclear program of Iran reached in Vienna on 14 July 2015 between Iran, the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council -- China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States -- in addition to Germany) and the European Union.
The discussion was led by GSC Associate Professor in the Gulf Studies Program Dr Mahjoob Zweiri, GSC Assistant Research Professor Dr Luciano Zaccara, Director of Conflict Resolution Center at Doha Institute For Graduate Studies Dr Ibrahim Fraihat, and Visiting Fellow at Brookings Doha Center Dr Ali Fathollah-Nejad.
Discussions focused on a wide range of issues such as Washington’s intention to withdraw from the deal, the European and Iranian reaction to the American strategy, the Iranian future steps with regard to the suggested American strategy, and the implication of such strategy on the Gulf region in light of the Gulf crisis and the blockade imposed on Qatar.
In his remarks, Dr Mahjoob Zweiri, said: “This event sheds light on the new American strategy towards the nuclear deal of Iran and provides an in-depth analysis on the implications of this strategy on the Gulf region in light of the current Gulf crisis and its consequences. This comes as part of GSC’s commitment to address issues related to the Gulf.”
Dr Luciano Zaccara said: “The JCPOA deal aims to solve a long-term dispute and threat by using multilateral diplomacy, engaging Iran with the United States, the European Union, and the United Nations. Cancelling the deal will affect the United States’ credibility and will make such deals not trustable anymore. This will also have a negative impact on further conflicts that need to be addressed, such as North Korea.”