Lady Catherine Ashton, life peer in the House of Lords and former EU’s first High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

Moderators
Teri Shultz, reporter covering the EU for NPR, CBS Radio, and Deutsche Welle
Federiga Bindi, Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations and Director of Foreign Policy Initiative at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research

April 10, 2017

The Trump administration is no fan of the Iran nuclear deal, but as one of the principal negotiators behind it, the Baroness Ashton of Upholland pointed out the deal belongs to the six participating nations on behalf of the UN Security Council. The US doesn't own the pact and cannot independently alter it, Ashton said.

However, the future of the deal may depend on earning President Trump's support. Ashton is confident that the administration will eventually recognize the value of the Iran deal once they conclude that unraveling it would make America less safe.

Taking questions from the audience of students, alumni, and foreign policy watchers, Ashton shared insights on her negotiation style and on her work of inspiring women to pursue leadership roles in the public and private sectors. She also commented on the impact of Brexit, stating her hope that the United Kingdom will not turn away from global engagement.