Panel discussion: Can Iran's economy come back to life under a Biden presidency?

12  January 2021    4:00 pm CET

with Sanam Vakil, Hassan Hakimian, Mahdi Ghodsi & Richard Grieveson


online event - see registration link below


Iran's economy has suffered badly the last few years, to a large extent because of Trump abandoning the nuclear deal. Biden's victory creates hopes that this can be undone, and a new deal agreed, which in turn would provide relief for the economy. This panel will discuss the possibilities of a new deal, look at what it would mean for the economy in the short run, and also look at some of the most important medium-term reform priorities for Iran.

The presentation will be held in English.
Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions.


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The panelists

Hassan Hakimian is Professor of Economics and Director of the Middle Eastern Studies Department (MESD) at Khalifa Bin Hamad University (HBKU) in Qatar. He is also an Emeritus Professor of Economics at SOAS University of London, where he was Director of the London Middle East Institute (LMEI) during 2010-19. His research focuses on MENA economies, specifically economic sanctions, inclusive growth and the economics of Arab uprisings. He is the author of many articles and books.

Sanam Vakil is the deputy director of the Middle East North Africa Programme, where she leads the Future Dynamics in the Gulf project and the Iran Forum.  Sanam’s research focuses regional security, Gulf geopolitics and on future trends in Iran’s domestic and foreign policy.She is also the James Anderson professorial lecturer in the Middle East Studies department at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS Europe) in Bologna, Italy.

Mahdi Ghodsi is Economist at wiiw. His research focuses on international trade, International trade policy, non-tariff measures, industrial policy, foreign direct investment, global value chains, political economy of sanctions, and the Iran economy. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - Sede di Milano and a second Ph.D. in international economics from the Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw.

Moderation: Richard Grieveson, Economist and Deputy Director of wiiw.