For a long time now, the ‘carrot and stick’ policy has been Iran’s principal way to deal with the demands of the Iranian population: on one hand promises of minor reforms, but on the other threats that greater reform ambitions would lead to insecurity and loss of economic stability. More recently, this policy has also been implemented in regards to the ongoing war in Syria. How does this attitude work outside of Iran and more specifically in the European Parliament and what effects can this have on the EU’s approach to the Islamic Republic?
Alaeddin Boroujerdi, (2R) Chairman for the Committee for Foreign Policy of Iran, arrives with a delegation at the European Parliament, in Brussels, Belgium, January 23, 2018. (Reuters)
Chairman for the Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security of the Islamic Consultative Assembly of Iran Alaeddin Boroujerdi addresses European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) in Brussels, Belgium, January 23, 2018. (Reuters)
An Iranian security man stands outside the reactor building at the Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran. (AFP)
Bashar al-Assad meets with Alaeddin Boroujerdi in Damascus on October 5, 2017. (AFP)
Iranian students run for cover from tear gas at the University of Tehran during a demonstration driven by anger over economic problems, in the capital Tehran on December 30, 2017. (AFP)
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini hold a press conference in Vienna on January 16, 2016. (AFP)