Unforced Errors and Misrecognition: The JCPOA & U.S.-EU-Iran Relations a Year After U.S. Withdrawal

It’s been just over a year since the United States withdrew from the Joint Cooperative Plan of Action (JCPOA or “Iran Deal”) which it originally negotiated with Iran, the E3 (the U.K., France, and Germany), the EU, China, and Russia. Now, President Rouhani has given the remaining signatories to the JCPOA a 60-day period to demonstrate their goodwill and commitment to delivering economic relief and support for Iran’s struggling economy, per the terms of the JCPOA.

The "Cybersecurity: Foreign Policymakers' Zero Day" Edition

According to Adam Segal’s seminal book The Hacked World Order, he describes the cybersecurity term “Zero Day” as an “unknown software vulnerabilit[y] that allow[s] an attacker to access a computer, router, or server; never having detected these flaws before, developers have zero days to fix or patch them.” In the same way, the introduction of cybersecurity, cyber warfare, mass disinformation, cryptocurrencies, the internet of things, and now, the introduction of 5G, has given makers and analysts of foreign policy zero days to catch up and patch the holes in policy. Policymakers must now reckon with the question: Where are the flaws in our foreign policy, and can we patch them in time?

The "Turkey Elects & Bouteflika Bounces" Edition

Turks went to the polls on March 31st, unseating Erdoğan’s party — the AKP — in Turkey’s three largest cities. Although the municipal elections were a setback, the Turkish President isn’t likely to face the music anytime soon. But what does the development mean for the opposition parties in Istanbul, Ankara, and Izmir? In Algeria, long-time President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been finally dethroned, but does his departure reflect real change in governance or is it purely cosmetic?

The "People's March for What?" Edition

Despite two weeks of significant attempts to reverse course on the Brexit process itself, define the options on the table, and to ratify May’s Brexit Deal — including Prime Minister Theresa May’s offer of resignation if her deal passes — and the People’s March for a second referendum, the future of Britain in Europe still remains uncertain.

The "Exploring EU Coalitions and Foreign Relations" Edition

The European Union is often the subject of intense scrutiny, speculation, and deduction, but what are the key coalitions in the European Union that influence its foreign policy? International Scholar Sara Fay, Chief Editor Cameron Vaské, and our special guest Senior Policy Fellow Josef Janning at ECFR look to the future of the European Union and examine the structure and substance of Europe’s internal coalitions and foreign relations in this episode of The ITS Café.

The "Thucydides Trap Theory is a Trap" Edition

Much is made of increased competition between the Washington and Beijing around the world. Some experts believe that the two are doomed to outright conflict as China, the rising power, challenges the United States, the established global hegemon. Known as the Thucydides Trap, the phenomena is sometimes seen as an unshakeable reality of shifting global power dynamics. But assuming the Thucydides Trap is inevitable for the U.S. and China is itself a trap.

Senior Editors Liam Kraft, Emily Tatum, and Joshua Stowell and Chief Editor Cameron Vaské discuss the ramifications of rising tensions between Beijing and Washington in a new era of global power competition in this episode of The ITS Café.

The "European Balance of Political Power" Edition

The European Union gears up for election season as polls on the upcoming European Parliamentary Elections shed light on shifting political realities in Europe. Spain announces new general elections, and Rome and Paris trade political jabs over the Gilets Jaunes. Senior Editor Pascal Letendre-Hanns and Chief Editor Cameron Vaské examine the changing balance of political power in this episode of The ITS Café.

The "Slow-Moving Car Wreck of Brexit" Edition

Following the historic defeat of May’s Brexit Deal in Parliament, what comes next for the process of Brexit? How did we get here? What will happen to Ireland and Northern Ireland? Will there be a no-deal Brexit, and what is the impact of Brexit on the European Elections? Jason Deegan, Daniel Odin Shaw, Senior Editor Pascal Letendre-Hanns, and Chief Editor Cameron Vaské explore these issues at length in The ITS Café.

Emergency Episode | The "Guaidó Guardian" Edition

Chief Editor and Host Cameron Vaské and Senior Editor for Latin American Affairs Emily Tatum meet for an emergency podcast on the evolving situation in Venezuela hours after President of the National Assembly Juan Guaidó declares himself the legitimate interim President of Venezuela.