Podcast: Scenarios for Iran-US Relations in 2020



These audio and slides are from ‘Scenarios for Iran-US Relations in 2020’ which was an hour long briefing by Dr. Bijan Khajehpour held on 27 November 2019.

Some of the areas the presentation addressed, were:

  • Recap of key events in Iran-US relations 2012 to May 2019
  • Detailed discussion of key events in Iran-US relations since May 2019
  • Analysis of the Objectives of Trump’s withdrawal from the JCPOA
  • Review of the Macron Proposal
  • Iran at a crossroads
  • Other geopolitical developments
  • Can the Iranian economy survive?
  • Possible Scenarios and Signposts in 2020
  • Strategic Considerations for International Business.
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The following text sets the context in which the briefing was given. 

The briefing will discuss the current state of relations between Iran and the US and identify the key parameters determining what can be expected in 2020.

Following various attempts to pave the way for Iran-US negotiations, it is still open whether the two sides will manage to de-escalate their relations through bilateral or multilateral talks. In the absence of de-escalation, one could either witness further escalation or a continuation of the status quo.

Bijan Khajehpour will analyse the various domestic, regional and international factors that could shape the relationship, and also assess whether the relations could change after the November 2020 elections in the US.


Dr. Bijan Khajehpour is the Managing Partner of the Vienna-based Eurasian Nexus Partners GmbH. He is a very well-known expert on Iran and has been the editor of Menas Associates’ Iran Strategic Focus monthly reports for over 20 year.


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