Peter Jenkins

Peter Jenkins is a former British diplomat who worked on the Iranian nuclear issue when ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). During his time with the British Diplomatic Service, he was posted twice to Vienna and to Washington DC, Paris, Brazil and Geneva. Following a distinguished 33-year diplomatic career, Jenkins now leads ADRg Ambassadors in the development of its relations with the United Nations and other international organizations. He is a consultant and frequent public commentator on economic issues, particularly trade liberalization and energy security, and on nuclear issues, especially non-proliferation and disarmament. He is also an accredited mediator.

How Obama Won at the Diplomacy Game with Iran

December 20, 2017

US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal might be welcome to Iran’s supreme leader and conservatives in government. Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy, by Trita Parsi, is an account of how a long-running fear that Iran was intent on acquiring nuclear weapons was resolved by...

Learning Lessons From the Iranian Nuclear Problem

July 27, 2015

The Iran deal presents an opportunity to celebrate the contribution of the NPT to international peace and security, says former British Ambassador Peter Jenkins. The journey to a comprehensive agreement offering the US and its European allies an opportunity to feel more confident about the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear...

The Iran Deal Can End An Old Dispute

April 10, 2015

In this edition of the Interview, Fair Observer talks to former British Ambassador Peter Jenkins.   On April 2, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced that a framework agreement had been reached on Iran’s nuclear program. Negotiations had gone into overtime after...

Can There Be An Iran Nuclear Breakthrough in New York?

September 22, 2014

The US and Iranian negotiating positions can both be faulted, but there is potential for them to find common ground. As heads of government arrive in New York for the this year’s United Nations General Assembly — where the US, European Union, Russia, China and Iran have resumed negotiations on...

Iran-P5+1 Interim Accord: An Assessment

November 27, 2013

The most problematic element of the nuclear deal is the lifting of sanctions. The understandings reached by the foreign ministers of Iran, the US, Russia, the UK, France, China and Germany, as well as the High Representative of the European Union, in the early hours of November 24, are a...

US-Iran: Another Victory For Diplomacy?

October 08, 2013

Hope for a real improvement in US-Iranian relations is not far-fetched.  Observers of the relationship between the US and Iran recently lived through one of those rare weeks when the colored glass in the kaleidoscope shifts and the outlook changes. It was a momentous week, possibly a historic week.

Will There Ever be an End to the Iranian Nuclear Dispute?

April 10, 2013

Ambassador Peter Jenkins analyzes the complexities of the Iranian nuclear dispute in light of the recent talks in Kazakhstan and evaluates the chances for progress. Readers who recall that four years ago a new US President seemed eager to defuse the West’s quarrel with Iran over its nuclear activities may...

Resolving the Nuclear Crisis: Iran and the West Meet in Istanbul

April 12, 2012

The Coming 5+1 Talks with Iran presents an opportunity to begin a resolution of the already cooling Iran nuclear situation. Despite the hope, domestic and global obstacles remain that can derail the situation at any point in the negotiations. With an opportunity to help ameliorate these obstacles coming up soon...