Killing of Soleimani: Not in the Name of Europe

What the killing of the Iranian General Soleimani means from a European perspective

The targeted killing of the Iranian General Qasem Soleimani is highly questionable under international law and strategically counterproductive. Negative consequences for the security of Europe and the cohesion within NATO are imminent.

From a European perspective, the American attack on the Iranian top military officer Qasem Soleimani and the accelerated escalation of the conflict between the USA and Iran that accompanied it, came completely unexpected. Continue reading

Can the West trust Iran? – if the EU and the US stand together they don’t have to

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From left to right: Dr. Emily B. Landau, Jan Techau, Dr. Reuel Marc Gerecht

On January 20th, the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that Iran had been implementing its commitments according to the Joint Plan of Action agreed with the so-called E3+3, also known as P5+1[1], in Geneva on 24 November 2013. The negotiations have, however, not clearly stated what is to follow the interim deal. The agreement of a two-step process raises questions on the comprehensive solution to be implemented by November 2014. If no agreement is reached on a comprehensive solution by 20 July 2014, the action plan can be renewed by mutual consent. According to experts, the latter might well be the likeliest outcome of the current negotiations. Apart from the differing negotiating positions, issues internal to the P5+1 and the Iranian regime will be defining the outcome of the negotiations. Continue reading

Upcoming event: “Moving beyond polemics: The real value of the transatlantic relationship”

Van_Rompuy,_Obama,_Barroso_Nov_2011Wednesday, 19 February 2014
10.30-14.30 h

The transatlantic relationship had a mixed year in 2013. On the one hand, the EU and US started negotiations for a comprehensive trade deal last July. Another transatlantic highlight was the interim agreement with Iran over its nuclear program. While it is too early to say whether Geneva was a breakthrough, it would not have come about without tight transatlantic foreign policy cooperation. At the same time, however, revelations of the NSA’s data collection program have created the perception of strained relations between the EU and the US. How then should we assess the status of the transatlantic relationship? Will EU-US unity persist on Iran or will questions about Teheran’s commitment to the deal and the next steps create divisions? Will calls for an anti-spying regime and the possibility of further leaks concerning the NSA program complicate the transatlantic partnership and how can this be avoided?

Programme

Panel 1: “Can the West trust Iran? The interim deal and prospect for a final one”

Panel 2: “I spy with my little eye: Strengthening transatlantic data protection”

Please find the invitation here. Kindly register here.

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