The Role of the EU in Relation to Iran’s Nuclear Programme - Key Actor or Bystander?

Jonathan Graham, Peter Johansen Qvist, Simon Marcel Fretté Schönenberg & Emil Ravnbøl

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Iran’s nuclear programme is the object of much scepticism from many of the world’s great powers, which has led the EU, the US and the UN to impose a series of economic sanctions on Iran. A diplomatic solution has so far been prioritised, in the negotiations between Iran and an EU/EU-3+3 constellation. This project seeks to determine which role the EU has had in the negotiations surrounding Iran’s nuclear programme. We examine how the interests of the EU-3 may influence the EU during the negotiations. The rationale behind the EU’s sanctions is then determined, followed by an examination of the US, Russia and Chinese influence on the EU, as well as the diplomatic approach of the EU. Subsequently, the findings in the analysis provide the basis for a discussion of different roles the EU may carve out for themselves in the negotiations. We conclude that the role of the EU is a balance between coordinating the actors policies, facilitate the diplomatic framework, mediate between conflictual actors, while maintain a strong political role with the utilisation of economic sanctions.

UddannelserBasis - Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato19 jun. 2014
VejledereMichelle Pace


  • EU
  • conflict management
  • Nuclear negotiations
  • role
  • Iran
  • EU-3
  • interests
  • WMD