May 18th, 2021/ Paris, France

The Future of Iran's Nuclear Program: Technology, Diplomacy and Geopolitics

On May 18, 2021, the International Center for the Study of Eurasia conducted a seminar The Future of Iran's Nuclear Program: Technology, Diplomacy and Geopolitics.

The conference will start at 4:00 PM Paris time.

The Biden administration’s openness to talk with Iran about reviving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) marks an important foreign policy shift. The main motive of the United States seems to be to avoid open hostilities with Iran while confronting Russia and China. Iran, for its part, is under great pressure to return to negotiations due to the difficult economic situation it has been placed in and the impossibility of improving it under the current sanctions’ regime. Both the US administration and Tehran could benefit from the new opportunities that would arise from a new Iranian nuclear deal. The original JCPOA was considered by many a significant diplomatic achievement for regional and international security. What are the chances of striking a new balance of interests and commitments between the US, Iran, Israel, Russia and other players? This seminar will deal with the prospects of successfully renegotiating the JCPOA and tackle diplomatic, strategic, technical and other aspects of the coming negotiations.

The list of speakers and transcriptions of their presentations:

Lord David Hannay - Member of the House of Lords, former UK Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, member of the Top-Level Group for Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation and a member of the Lords International Relations Committee.

Reviving the JCPOA : What is at Stake for International Peace and Security?

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Dr. John Ghazvinian - Executive Director, Middle East Center, University of Pennsylvania

The Iranian Nuclear Issue: A View from History

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Barbara Slavin - Director, Future of Iran Initiative, The Atlantic Council

Iran Nuclear Program : Seeking Nuclear Knowledge, not Nuclear Weapons

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Dr. Ali Vaez - Director of Iran Project and Senior Adviser to the President, International Crisis Group

JCPOA 2.0: Back to the Future

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Dr. Kayhan Barzegar - Senior Academic Advisor, Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran

JCPOA and Regional Stability

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Eric M. Brewer - Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Project on Nuclear Issues, Center for Strategic and International Studies

JCPOA 2.0? Opportunities and Challenges

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Dr. Andrey A. Baklitskiy - Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Advanced American Studies at the Institute of International Studies, MGIMO University

Making the Iranian Nuclear Deal Sustainable

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Dr. Lana Ravandi-Fadai - Senior Researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Science/ Professor, Russian State University for the Humanities (RGGU)

Iranian Foreign Policy at a Crossroads

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Dr. Ardavan Amir-Aslani - expert in international law and geopolitics of the Middle East, legal counsel to the government of Bahrain, professor, University François Rabelais in Tours

The Containment of China, the Primary Reason for the US Rush to Strike a Nuclear Deal with Iran

April 9th, 2021/ Paris, France

US Foreign Policy in South and South-East Asia after the End of Cold War

On April 9, 2021, the International Center for the Study of Eurasia is organizing a seminar US Foreign Policy in South and South-East Asia after the End of Cold War.

The conference will start at 2:30 PM Paris time.

Following the end of Cold War, the United States had to reconsider its foreign policy objectives in South East Asia. Growing regional influence of China, proliferation of nuclear arms, regional conflicts, terrorism led to a new rather complex system of relations in which the United States must reinvent its role as a leading power in the region. Despite its initiatives like the Indo-Pacific Business Forum, Indo-Pacific Energy Initiative (EDGE Asia), the Mekong-US Partnership et al, as well as occasional muscle flexing, US foreign policy in the region lacks clarity and a long-term perspective.

The conference will dwell on current issues pertinent to the US presence in the region, US response to the political instability in Burma and Thailand, the Spratly Islands crisis, the rise of China and how the United States will seek to respond to this emerging power.


List of Speakers

1. Ambassador Dominique Dreyer (Switzerland), ambassador of Switzerland to China, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Mongolia and the People's Democratic Republic of Korea; professor at American Graduate School, Paris

Presentation: America and China in South Asia

2. Dr. Dmitry Mosyakov, Director of the Center for the Study of South East Asia, Australia and Oceania, Russian Academy of Sciences

Presentation: The Main Stages of American Expansion in the Countries of Southeast Asia

3. General Daniel Schaeffer, Member of the French think tank Asie 21

Presentation: The US Presence in the South China Sea and in the Taiwan Strait, its Reasons and its Evolution

4. Dr. P.K. Ghosh , former Co-Chair, CSCAP International Study Group on Maritime Security

Presentation: The Dynamics of Powerplay: Battleground South China Seas

5. Dr. Douglas Yates, Professor, American Graduate School in Paris

Presentation: A Return to the Insular Strategy

6. Dr. Richard A. Bitzinger, Senior Fellow, Military Transformations Program, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

Presenation: U.S. Defense Diplomacy Toward Southeast Asia in the Biden Presidency»

7. Dr. Carlyle A. Thayer, Emeritus Professor, The University of New South Wales (UNSW), the Australian Defense Force Academy (ADFA) in Canberra, Director of Thayer Consultancy

Presentation: Playing Catchup: The Biden Administration and the Indo-Pacific

8. Dr. Ulises Granados Quiroz, Associate Professor, Coordinator Asia Pacific Studies Program (PEAP), Academic Department of International Studies, Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico ITAM «US naval presence in the SCS: directions of the Biden administration»

9. Dr. Vladimir Kolotov, Chair, Department of Oriental Studies, Saint-Petersburg University

Presentation: The Geopolitical Dimension of Religious Situation in South East Asia and the US Policy in the Region

10. Dr. Lana Ravandi-Fadai, Senior Researcher, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences/RGGU

Presentation: America and Iran: Does Iran have a Strategy in South-East Asia?»

11. Ms. Farhat Asif, President of the Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies – IPDS

Presentation: Pakistan balancing between China and the US: Options and Opportunities

12. Dr. Anton Koslov, Associate Professor, American Graduate School in Paris/ ICSE

Presentation: US and Thailand : an Uncertain Alliance

February 25, 2021/ Paris, France

Nation State and the New Transnational Forms of Religious Consciousness

On February 25, 2021, International Center for the Study of Eurasia (Paris) is organizing a seminar Nation State and the New Transnational Forms of Religious Consciousness.

At present, the study of various cults and quasi-religious movements is more relevant than ever before. The rise of social media, proliferation of virtual communities and free flow of information contribute to unraveling of the traditional system of knowledge and beliefs, and the spread of alternative narratives and groups that produce and/or support these narratives. Some of these groups have a pronounced anti-social attitude, other preach violence and destructiveness. The rise of millenarian sects in the Middle East, suicidal, extremist and conspiratorial quasi-religious movements in the US and elsewhere, indicate that sectarian ideologically-driven violence had become a regular feature of today’s political landscape.

The objective of the conference is to provide a methodological framework to define a quasi-religious movement and to discuss the role of national and transnational sects and cults in today's world. Participants will talk about challenges of sectarianism, its political, economic and psychological dimensions, and its appeal in the digital age.

Participants of the conference include academics, experts and journalists from France, Italy, USA and Russia.


  1. Dr. Raphaelle Auclert, professor, Institut Catholic de Vendée;
  2. Dr. Francois Saint-Bonnet, professor, University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas) Institut Catholic de Vendée;
  3. Dr. Luigi Corvaglia, Board Member of European Federation of Centres of Research and Information on Cults and Sects (FECRIS), Co-Chair of Legal Medicine and Criminology, University of Salento;
  4. Dr. Alexander Dvorkin, expert, European Federation of Centers of Research and Information on Cults and Sects;
  5. Dr. Seraphim Petrovsky, professor, Moscow Theological Academy;
  6. Mr. Gerry Armstrong, journalist, expert on the Church of Scientology;
  7. Dr. Alexandre Artamonov, sociologist, media expert;
  8. Charles de Meyer, expert;
  9. Semen Erishev, professor, Moscow Theological Academy;
  10. Dr. Dmitry Ferapontov, psychiatrist, member of the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Study Association;
  11. Dr. Bassam Tahhan, expert on Islam, former advisor to the government of Morocco, research fellow at the CNRS.