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EIRG Membership

We welcome individuals who are working with Iran to join EIRG as an association member. Upon reviewing information about the benefits of joining the association and the EIRG Membership Protocol approved by the EIRG Board of Directors, please apply by contacting us via the “To inquire about EIRG membership” button at the bottom left of this page.

Policy

Report on EU-Iran relations

As commissioned by the European Parliament, EIRG has produced a report on a potential strategic relationship between the European Union and Iran. The report, An EU Strategy for relations with Iran after the nuclear deal,  is based on the expertise and research capabilities of members of the EIRG network.

We welcome you to download the full report.

Events

Seminar: A new chapter for Iran?

[MAY 3rd 2016, Stockholm] The European Iran Research Group  in cooperation with Folk och Försvar invites you to a seminar on Iranian domestic politics and foreign policy. The seminar will address the effects of the lifting of sanctions, the parliamentary elections in February 2016 and Irans role in the regional conflicts and relations to EU.

Venue: MEDELHAVSMUSEET, FREDSGATAN 2, STOCKHOLM

Date & Time; 3 MAY 2016 (09:00 – 11:45)

Iran is a significant regional actor whose behaviour affects not only its immediate neighbours but also the European union and countries like Sweden In the last 12 months Irans political trajectory in the region has undergone a major strategic shift due to the international agreement regarding its nuclear program. The agreement enabled the lifting of sanctions in January 2016 and was followed by crucial parliamentary elections in February.

It has also opened doors for western companies to reinvest and freely trade with Iran – which is expected to boost the country’s economy in the coming years. At the same time the agreement has exacerbated regional tensions especially with Irans rival Saudi Arabia.How has the results of the elections influence the countrys political landscape?

How can we understand Irans new role in the international community? What is Irans role in the conflict-ridden Middle East and the war in Syria?  And what kind of relationship will and should the EU have with Iran? And what is Swedens view on Iran and the countrys role in the region?

The seminar will be live streamed and available on the web.

Moderator: Minou Sadeghpour, Program Manager, Folk och Försvar

PROGRAM

09:00 Welcome remarks

  • Minou Sadeghpour, Folk och Försvar

09:10 Swedens view on Iran

  • Carl-Magnus Nilsson, Desk Officer Department for Middle East, Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

09:20 Domestic and economic developments after the deal and parliamentary elections

  • Rouzbeh Parsi, Senior lecturer Lunds university & Director EIRG
  • Magnus Runnbeck, Senior analyst, Business Sweden

10:15 Coffee break

10:45 Foreign policy and regional relations

  • Aniseh Bassiri Tabriz, Research Fellow, Royal United Services Institute, London
  • Dina Esfandiary, Fellow Kings college, London & Chairperson EIRG
  • Nicola Pedde, Director, Institute For Global Studies, Rome

11:45 End of seminar

News

Statement on changes to U.S Visa Waiver Program

The European Iran Research Group (EIRG) expresses deep concerns over the implementation of the discriminatory changes to the Visa Waiver Program in the United States.

These discriminatory changes, passed into law by the US Congress on 18 December 2015 under the Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015, have severe implications for Iranian-European dual nationals, and Europeans that have traveled to Iran in the past five years.

With this law, the United States has unilaterally altered an agreement reached with the European Union on visa waivers. They have already affected Iranian-Europeans, including members of EIRG, whose Electronic System for Travel Authorization was revoked on 21 January 2016 with an email from the US Customs and Border Protection Agency stating that concerned individuals are “are no longer authorized to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program” and must “apply for a non-immigrant visa approximately three months in advance of your desired travel”. Iranian-Europeans holding tickets for imminent travel to the US have been forced to cancel their trips with no compensation, or risk being turned back.

The Visa Waiver Program’s implementation occurs just days after the Implementation Day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached between the E3+3 and Iran in July 2015. This agreement places significant restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, intended to allow Iran to re-enter the world economy after over a decade of isolation. EIRG is deeply concerned that the alterations to the Visa Waiver Program will affect Iran’s ability to effectively receive the benefits of the sanctions relief received following implementation of the deal. Indeed, under paragraph 29 of the JCPOA, the United States and other parties to the agreement must “refrain from any policy specifically intended to directly and adversely affect the normalisation of trade and economic relations with Iran.”

Such alterations to the Visa Waiver Program will undermine the spirit that produced the JCPOA. In this the alterations of the program will do a disservice to the many people whose travel and activities are necessary for the continuation of this new founded dialogue.

News

Welcome to our New Website

The European Iran Research Group would like to welcome you to our new website. As our organisation continues to grow, we aim to share with you our activities and research.

We thank our partners for supporting us over the past few years to allow us to complete this new online platform! We will continue to develop our website in the coming years to allow for easier interactions with our visitors.

If you wish to remain updated on developments with EIRG we would encourage you to register for our newsletter.

Finally, our identity and website would not have been possible without the support of Miguel Ripoll. We thank him for his commitment and incredible work!

Policy

Panel Discussion at Lund University

In May 2015, EIRG hosted a panel discussion at Lund University.

Years of nuclear talks between Iran and the permanent members of the Security Council including Germany will soon reach its deadline. In light of these negotiations: the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), the European Iran Research Group (EIRG) and the Association of Foreign Affairs (UPF) will arrange panel discussion on the future of Iran and its nuclear policy.

Speakers:

  • Dina Esfandiary: Research associate, King´s College London.
  • Amb. Roberto Toscano: Former ambassador to Iran (2003-2008).
  • Ariane Tabatabai: Research associate at Harvard University, Belfer Center.
  • Amb Peter Tejler: Sweden’s ambassador to Iran. Former ambassador to Pakistan and Afghanistan, and former head of the Middle East and North Africa Department at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Moderator for the night was Rouzbeh Parsi, Director of EIRG.

Research

Social Class in Iran

In May 2015, EIRG and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University hosted a workshop on social class in Iran. The participants were leading scholars from Iran, the EU and the US who shared their recent research on social class issues. Workshop organisers were EIRG Director Dr. Rouzbeh Parsi and EIRG Advisory Board Member Dr. Kevan Harris.

Some papers from the workshop will be featured in a Spring edition of MERIP.