Call for Abstracts: Implications of the Nuclear Agreement with Iran

Kerry ZarifImplications of the Nuclear Agreement with Iran

Conference at the University of Copenhagen

3rd to 4th of April 2017

The Iran Nuclear Agreement – concluded between Iran and the permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany and the European Union – allows for the economic, political and social re-integration of that country into the international community.

Perhaps most momentously, it helped to overcome the threat of major inter-state war, which had been looming over the region. Moreover, the agreement is an opportunity for freeing up political capital as well as human and material resources towards greater social and economic development and the resolution of wider regional conflicts.

At this two-day conference, we intend to bring together a diverse range of area specialists, social and political scientists, international and commercial lawyers, economists and business consultants, as well as ministry staff and diplomats to shed light on the likely impact this agreement will have on the political and economic development in Iran and the broader Middle-East region.

The conference will feature key-note interventions by diplomats and several internationally renowned experts. In this call, we welcome a broad range of contributions pertaining to the conference’s overall theme, including any of the following sets of issues:

* Multi-level sanctions regime against Iran and remaining challenges to its removal

* Domestic legal challenges in Iran, including rule of law and access to courts as well as investment protection and access to bank loans

* Expected socio-political implications in Iran, including political liberties and the transformation of the socio-political life

* Political actors in Iran, including the balance of power between different branches of government as well as the institutional and constitutional framework

* Energy markets, including OPEC and regional concerns in the Persian Gulf as well as the potential of renewable energies

* Non-proliferation and military dimension, including the Iran Agreement’s effectiveness as well as other nuclear non-proliferation efforts

* Regional security issues in the Middle East, including proxy wars and sectarian divide as well as strategies for effective conflict resolution

Abstracts not exceeding 300 words should be submitted by 1 February 2017 to Cornelius Wiesener ( Please include your name, email address, affiliation and a short bio.

Selected speakers will be notified by 7 February 2017. Funds are available to cover their travel costs and hotel accommodation. The conference proceedings will be published as a special edition of an international academic journal. Those not selected for plenary presentations will be considered for a poster session and are warmly invited to attend the conference.

The regular conference fee (waived for presenters) is 1000 DKK, with reduced fees for early registration (500DKK) and students (150 DKK). Participants can register shortly on an event page to be posted shortly.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments you might have regarding this call or the conference as such.

Best wishes from the organizing committee,

Ebrahim Afsah

Cornelius Wiesener

Claus Valling Pedersen

Rasmus Christian Elling