Forum Series: “The Future of the Iran Nuclear Deal”

Wendy Skratt

  • October 25, 2017
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm

Richard Nephew

Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University School for International & Public Affairs

Iran’s hardliners are desperate for the United States to walk away from the JCPOA and looking to capitalize on U.S. missteps.  Though they may profit in the short term due to the control they exert over the Iranian economy (made possible in part because of the exigencies imposed by sanctions), economic openness is seen by hardliners as a wedge through which political change may one day be pursued.  Domestic Iranian efforts at reform are based in large part on demonstrating success being attained via access to the international economy.  Instead of granting perverse relief to our opponents in Tehran by doubling down on a “hostile” policy, we should avoid chest thumping and grandstanding, including in sanctions form.  For example, an aggressive sanctions approach to the IRGC that harms the JCPOA will do the IRGC’s work for it.Richard Nephew

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Richard Nephew is a Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs.  He is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.  He assumed both of those roles in February 2015.

Prior to then, he served as Principal Deputy Coordinator for Sanctions Policy at the Department of State, a position he held since February 2013.  Nephew also served as the lead sanctions expert for the U.S. team negotiating with Iran, starting with the private channel talks in August 2013.

From May 2011 to January 2013, Nephew served as the Director for Iran on the National Security Staff where he was responsible for managing a period of intense expansion of U.S. sanctions on Iran. Earlier in his career he served in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation at the State Department and in the Office of Nonproliferation and International Security at the Department of Energy.

Nephew holds a Masters in Security Policy Studies and a Bachelors in International Affairs, both from The George Washington University.  He is married with three children.




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