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Bijan Namdar Zangeneh, the Iranian minister of oil, waits on Germany’s then-Minister of Economic Affairs Sigmar Gabriel at his office in Tehran, Iran, October 3, 2016 (dpa photo by Bernd von Jutrczenka via AP).

Iran’s Oil Sector Was Bouncing Back. Can It Survive Renewed U.S. Sanctions?

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Last week, President Donald Trump announced the United States would be reimposing unilateral sanctions against Iran that had been suspended as part of the 2015 multilateral nuclear deal known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA. At the heart of the U.S. sanctions are measures targeting Iran’s oil and gas sector, including any non-Iranian corporations that do business with Iran. In an email interview, Thijs Van de Graaf, an assistant professor of international politics at Ghent University in Belgium, discusses the evolution of Iran’s oil and gas sector since the JCPOA, and the implications of the reimposition of U.S. sanctions for Iran and its partners.

World Politics Review: How has Iran’s oil and gas sector evolved since the signing of the JCPOA, and who have been its major development partners so far? ...

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