US foreign policy, Iran and the United States after the 2020 election

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21 May 2020




(United States - Wednesday, 20 May; 8.00-9.00pm EDT)


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Amid a global pandemic severely afflicting both public health and the global economy, US tensions with Iran have not abated. On the contrary, only four months after the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, the Trump administration appears to be increasing pressure on the government of Iran through the threat of increased sanctions. Would the Trump administration’s maximum pressure campaign on Iran cease in a Biden administration? What can compel Iran to come back to the negotiating table? Can Iran be compelled to abandon any nuclear ambitions?

To discuss these issues, USSC hosted a webinar discussion featuring Ambassador Wendy Sherman, the lead negotiator of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between the P5+1, known as the Iran Deal, in a conversation with USSC Non-Resident Senior Fellow Bruce Wolpe and USSC CEO Professor Simon Jackman.

Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman is a professor of the practice of public leadership and director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. In addition, she is a senior fellow at the School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Ambassador Sherman is senior counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group and former US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. She is currently an MSNBC global affairs contributor and on the USA TODAY Board of Contributors. Ambassador Sherman is the author of Not for the Faint of Heart: Lessons in Courage, Power and Persistence published by PublicAffairs, September 2018. Ambassador Sherman led the US negotiating team that reached agreement on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between the P5+1, the European Union, and Iran for which, among other diplomatic accomplishments, she was awarded the National Security Medal by President Barack Obama. Prior to her service at the Department of State, she was vice chair and founding partner of the Albright Stonebridge Group, counselor of the Department of State under Secretary Madeleine Albright and special advisor to president Clinton and policy coordinator on North Korea, and assistant secretary for legislative affairs under Secretary Warren Christopher.


  • Bruce Wolpe
    Bruce Wolpe
    Non-Resident Senior Fellow, United States Studies Centre

    Bruce Wolpe is a Senior Fellow (non-resident) at the United States Studies Centre. Bruce is a regular contributor on US politics across media platforms in Australia. In recent years, Bruce has worked with the Democrats in Congress during President Barack Obama's first term, and on the staff of Prime Minister Julia Gillard. He has also served as the former PM's chief of staff.

  • Professor Simon Jackman
    Professor Simon Jackman

    Professor Simon Jackman was Chief Executive Officer of the United States Studies Centre from April 2016 to May 2022. Between 1996 and 2016, he was a Professor of Political Science and Statistics at Stanford University. Jackman's teaching and research centres on public opinion, election campaigns, political participation, and electoral systems with special emphasis on American and Australian politics.


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