The Future of U.S. Policy on Iran
Is Trump's “Maximum Pressure Campaign" Working?

Nazenin Ansari

Publisher & ME, Kayhan London/Kayhan Life

Dr. Saeed Ghasseminejad

Sr. Iran & Financial Economics Advisor, FDD

Alex Vatanka

Director of Iran Program, Middle East Institute

October 14, 2020 11:00 AM    Webinar

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For forty-one years the United States has been locked in an unending conflict with the Islamic Republic in Iran. From hostage crisis to illicit financing of terrorism, empowerment of foreign proxies in targeting U.S. interests and  the relations between the two countries have been unendingly tense but also marked by a desire for engagement by every American administration. 


How has President Trump’s Iran policy differed from other administrations and has it achieved the desired objectives? Should Iranians attitude, in light of the recent protests against the Supreme Leader and calls for change be taken into consideration in the  future U.S. foreign policy towards IranHow should future U.S. administrations approach the growing trend in Iran to diminish Islamic Republic’s hegemony in the region and people’s gravitation towards better relations with the West?


Nazenin Ansari is Publisher and Managing Editor of two independent media outlets focusing on Iran.  Kayhan London www.Kayhan.London (Persian) and Kayhan Life (English) offer in-depth news coverage of news of Iran and its politics in the Middle East, Europe and America.  She is also the founding Trustee of Persia Educational Foundation, which advances education and learning in the field of Iran, as well as the Trustee of the Foreign Press Association in London, the first and oldest association of foreign journalists in the world, founded in 1888.  A member of the Chatham House and the International Institute for Strategic Studies,  Nazenin received her BA in Public Affairs and Government from Mount Vernon College, now George Washington University, and MA in International Relations and Comparative Politics (the Soviet Union and the Middle East) from Georgetown University.

Dr. Saeed Ghasseminejad is a senior Iran and financial economics advisor at FDD specializing in Iran’s economy and financial markets, sanctions and illicit finance. Born and raised in Iran, Saeed earned his Ph.D. in finance from the City University of New York where he analyzed the effect of U.S. sanctions on Iran’s financial markets as part of his dissertation. He teaches finance at Baruch College of New York. Saeed has a BS in engineering from the University of Tehran and an MS in engineering from Ecole Speciale des Travaux Publics in Paris.

Alex Vatanka specializes in Middle Eastern regional security affairs with a particular focus on Iran. Before joining MEI in 2009, he was a Senior Analyst at Jane’s Information Group in London (2001-2009). Alex is also a Senior Fellow in Middle East Studies at the US Air Force Special Operations School (USAFSOS) at Hurlburt Field and teaches as an Adjunct Professor at DISAS at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. His focus include modern history of Iran; factional politics in the Islamic Republic; political-military relations in Iran; Iranian regional policies (with a particular South Caucasus, Central, Asia, the Gulf States, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan) and Iran’s relations with countries such as the US, China, Russia and the EU states. Born in Tehran, he holds a BA in Politics (Sheffield University, UK), and an MA in International Relations (Essex University, UK), and is fluent in Farsi and Danish. Follow him @AlexVatanka