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Find all the latest Iran Group Statements, Policy Interventions & Briefs, Commentary and Analysis below.

About the Iran Network

The Iran Network supported work between 2018-2023 to protect the JCPOA between the P5+1 and Iran, and thereby to implement UN Resolution 2231. This included working with partners across Europe and in Washington and engaging the ELN’s senior network of political, military and diplomatic figures. Our focus was to ensure that Europe plays the fullest and most effective role possible by helping E3 governments and Brussels to better understand and address key challenges in sustaining what remained of the nuclear agreement and productively engage on peripheral issues. Since 2023 we have moved on to a new phase of Iran work looking more broadly at the prospects for nuclear diplomacy in a changing global and regional political context.

Group Statements

Policy Interventions and Briefs

Policy brief

Workshop report: Getting the JCPOA through 2022 and the US and Europe effectively engaged with Iran

In October, the ELN and Hanns Seidel Foundation partnered on a track 1.5 meeting in London which brought together a range of European and Iranian participants both to assess how the JCPOA could still be revived and to consider alternative scenarios in more detail. The ELN’s Policy and Impact Director, Jane Kinninmont, captures the key highlights from the meeting.

14 December 2022 | Jane Kinninmont

Commentaries and Analysis


Out of the shadow war? Iranian narratives of the confrontation with Israel

Following Iran’s direct attack on Israel on 13th April, Hemidreaza Azizi examines both the official and unofficial discourse in Iran in recent days. He writes that most political experts and analysts in Iran seem to agree that Iran’s goal has been to restore deterrence and not to enter into war. However, concerns about the outbreak of an unintended war and its destructive consequences appear to be more pronounced among experts than among official figures.

19 April 2024 | Dr Hamidreza Azizi

The Women Leaders Podcast: The Middle East – Endless escalation

Ilana Bet-El, Senior Associate Fellow at the ELN, speaks with Jodi Rudoren, Editor-in-Chief of the Forward and former New York Times Bureau Chief in Israel, and Dr Roxane Farmanfarmaian of Cambridge University, Senior Associate Fellow at the ELN, and an expert on Iran and the Middle East. They discuss their own experiences of 7 October, their reactions to the war in Gaza, the implications for the media, geopolitics and the region, and the escalatory nature of the war following Iran’s increased role in the conflict over the past week.


The Iran protests one year on: Time for a feminist EU response

One year on from the death of Jina Mahsa Amini at the hands of Iran’s morality police, which sparked unprecedented protests across the country in support of women’s rights, Dr. Azadeh Zamirirad calls for European decision-makers to take a feminist approach to their foreign policy with Iran and in their response to Iran’s feminist uprising.

15 September 2023 | Azadeh Zamirirad

How the Wagner rebellion was seen in Iran

Hamidreza Azizi examines reactions in Iran to the Wagner groups rebellion. He writes that the wide range of responses to the mutiny, from government statements and state media to independent analysts, illustrates a broader trend of polarisation in Iranian foreign policy that has been increasingly visible in recent years in a multitude of areas, from nuclear negotiations to geopolitical alliances.

27 June 2023 | Dr Hamidreza Azizi

Iran "Tiger Team" Members


  • Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi, Research Fellow, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI); Visiting Fellow, War Studies Department, King’s College London (KCL), London
  • Azadeh Zamirirad, Senior Associate, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Berlin
  • Bruno Tertrais, Deputy Director, Fondation pour la recherche stratégique (FRS), Paris
  • Cornelius Adebahr, Associate Fellow, Alfred von Oppenheim Center for European Policy Studies (DGAP), Berlin
  • Dina Esfandiary, Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS) Fellow, War Studies Department, King’s College London (KCL), London
  • Ellie Geranmayeh, Senior Policy Fellow and Deputy Head of the MENA Programme, European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), London
  • Emil Dall, Research Fellow, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), London
  • Esfandyar Batmanghelidj, Founder, Bourse and Bazaar, London
  • Fabian Hinz, Mercator Fellow, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), Berlin
  • Gregoire Mallard, Associate Professor in Anthropology and Sociology and Advisory Faculty at the Global Governance Centre, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
  • Kamiar Mohaddes, Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics; Fellow, Economics at Girton College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge
  • Paulina Izewicz, Senior Research Associate, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS), London
  • Riccardo Alcaro, Research Coordinator and Head of the Global Actors Programme of the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), Rome
  • Richard Dalton, President, British Iranian Chamber of Commerce; Former UK Ambassador to Iran
  • Rouzbeh Parsi, Senior Lecturer, Department of History, Lund University, Lund
  • Roxane Farmanfarmaian, Affiliated Lecturer in International Relations of the Middle East and North Africa, University of Cambridge, London/Cambridge
  • Tarja Cronberg, Distinguished Associate Fellow, European Security Programme, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Stockholm
  • Thierry Coville, Research Fellow, Institut de Relations Internationales et Stratégiques (IRIS), Paris
  • Tom Keatinge, Director, Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), London


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