MEDirections Conversation | US elections 2020: towards a shift in the US-Iran relations and a new Middle East regional order?

December 14, 2020 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Online on ZOOM

Given the US-Iran tensions during the Trump administration, the substantial reshaping of the regional order produced by international and regional actors’ interventions in local conflicts, and the need to rescue the nuclear deal (JCPOA), the Iran file is likely to dominate the debate in the US, European, and Middle Eastern foreign policy circles in the months to come.

The debate will focus on how the new US Administration will reassess its policies towards Iran, and how it will engage with a new, multipolar Middle East.

What to expect from other regional and international actors whose capabilities and interests have significantly evolved over the past years? What changes for the EU-Iran policy? How could a space for an inclusive regional security dialogue emerge?

This roundtable seeks to investigate the role that multilateralism and transnational governance can play in framing new security arrangements in the Middle East.

Everyone is welcome.

*The Zoom link and access details will be provided only to registered participants. Zoom links are emailed on the day of the event.



Luigi Narbone is the Director of the Middle East Directions Programme.

Abdolrasool Divsallar co-leads the Regional Security Initiative at the Middle East Directions Programme and is a Policy Leader Fellow at the School of Transnational Governance (EUI).


Dalia Dassa Kaye (Wilson Center Scholar) is a former senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation and served as the Director of its Center for Middle East Public Policy (2012-2020).

Randa Slim is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Conflict Resolution and Track II Dialogues Program at the Middle East Institute (Washington DC), and is a non-resident Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Clément Therme  is a Research Fellow with the Nuclear Knowledges program at Sciences Po (CERI) and a Research Associate at the School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris.