What role for the other parties to the JCPOA?

In recent months, the focus on the Iran Nuclear Deal (the JCPOA) has been on the United States (who unilaterally withdrew from the agreement under the Trump presidency) and on Iran (who subsequently started to stop compliance with some of the agreement’s terms).

But there are five other parties: Russia, China, the European Union, Germany, France and the United Kingdom. What are they doing about the situation? How can they provide the conditions for the others to return to full compliance?

In a moment of great serendipity, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and the Middle East Treaty Organization organized a webinar tackling precisely this topic on a date that was then chosen by the Joint Commission of the JCPOA to convene talks in Vienna among the remaining parties, with US diplomats waiting on the sidelines. These talks were seeking to find the elusive roadmap back to a fully functioning deal which will drastically reduce international fears of a possible Iranian nuclear bomb.

Our webinar brought together experts with European, Russian, Chinese and Iranian perspectives:
Tarja Cronberg – Distinguished Associate Fellow at SIPRI
Anton Khlopkov – Founding director of the Center for Energy and Security Studies
Li Chijiang – Vice President and General Secretary, China Arms Control and Disarmament Association
Dina Esfandiary – Senior Adviser at the International Crisis Group

The interventions by each of the speakers was recorded for posterity and can be found below. (The introduction to the webinar is repeated at the start of each video.)