The issue of Iran’s access to the financial system is now proving to be a critical component of the overall health of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was formally implemented on 16 January 2016. The JCPOA requires Iran to restrain its nuclear programme and increase international oversight of it, in return for the lifting of UN, EU and US sanctions that had been put in place over the nuclear issue. Almost a year after it came into effect, not all the aspects of the agreement (and the non-proliferation objective it serves) are fully operational. These dynamics have wider repercussions, including on the global discussion over counter-proliferation finance (CPF) initiatives.
Emil Dall, Research Fellow, Proliferation and Nuclear Policy, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)
Andrea Berger, Associate Fellow, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)
Tom Keatinge, Director, Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)