Four years of maximum pressure and hawkish rhetoric towards Iran has nearly crushed that country’s economy and brought Tehran and Washington to the brink of war, but has not succeeded in bringing Iranian leaders to the negotiating table with Donald Trump. What does the road ahead look like in a second Trump term or a potential Biden presidency?
Negar Mortazavi is a bilingual Iranian-American journalist and political commentator based in Washington, DC, covering Iran, the greater Middle East, and US foreign policy towards the region. She is a columnist for The Independent, and host of The Iran Podcast. She is a guest commentator for American and international outlets including MSNBC, NPR, BBC, and Aljazeera, and her writing and commentary has appeared in Foreign Policy magazine, the New York Times, Huffington Post, and the Atlantic Council. Previously she worked as a television anchor for Voice of America where she hosted a flagship talk show on current affairs. She has been recognized as a MENA foreign policy leader by New America and a MENA young leader by Friends of Europe in Brussels. The Guardian has named her one of the top ten people on twitter covering Iran news. She has a Master of Arts from Brandeis University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts.