Despite the optics of a recent resolution at the International Atomic Energy Agency, Europe continues to oppose the U.S. policy line on Iran.
Darya Dolzikova is a research analyst in the Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Programme at the Royal United Services Institute in London, U.K. Her research focuses on countering the financing of proliferation activities and strengthening sanctions regimes in the nonproliferation and counterproliferation contexts. She holds a master of arts degree in security studies from Georgetown University.
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The reapplication of U.S. secondary sanctions measures following the American withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal has been at the heart of current challenges facing the nuclear deal.
Editor’s Note: President Trump came into office seemingly determined to improve U.S.-Russia relations, with fighting the Islamic State high on the mutual agenda. Standing in the way of better cooperation, however, is Iran: a top foe in Trump's eyes, and an ally in Putin's. Darya Dolzikova of Georgetown University argues that the Trump administration can wean Russia away from Iran—but it must do so carefully, and a full break is not likely.