Losing an Enemy

Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy

The 2015 nuclear deal with Iran stands out as one of President Obama's signature foreign policy achievements, but with a new administration in the White House, will the hard-won international agreement endure?

The Iran deal broke a persistent stalemate in negotiations, bringing the world's major powers and Iran into an agreement that prevented the possibility of an Iranian nuclear bomb and averted the threat of war. 

According to a new book by Trita Parsi, it wasn't the conventional wisdom in Washington that led to the breakthrough agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but an unprecedented maneuver of creativity. Drawing on more than seventy-five interviews with decision-makers and key actors, Losing An Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy provides a detailed account of what the author contends is a model for peacefully reconciling nations approaching the precipice of war.

Join New America NYC for an event featuring Trita Parsi in conversation with Suzanne DiMaggio and Stephen Heintz — both key players in long-running "Track II" diplomatic efforts with Iran — as they recount the bold diplomacy behind the historic nuclear deal, assess the risks and uncertainties ahead, and explore the future of U.S.-Iran relations under the Trump administration. 


Trita Parsi @tparsi
Founder and President, National Iranian American Council
Author, Losing An Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy

Suzanne DiMaggio @suzannedimaggio
Director, U.S.-Iran Initiative, and Senior Fellow, New America

Stephen Heintz @RockBrosFund
President, Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Copies of Trita Parsi's Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy will be available for purchase. Follow the conversation online using #LosingAnEnemy and by following @NewAmericaNYC