Asan in the News

[Arirang Radio]  2015-7-24

Assessing the ‘Historic’ Iran Nuclear Deal

1. We talked about the Iran nuclear deal a few weeks back, but that before the agreement was struck. Now that an agreement has been made, what are some of your thoughts? Actually I wanted to know as an expect, Doctor, did you expect that agreement would be reached this time around, or was it completely unexpected? What was your reaction personally when you heard the news?

2. What is your assessment of this historic nuclear deal with Iran? Do you believe this is a genuinely sincere step towards change by the Islamic Republic of Iran?

3. Are the Sunni Arab countries, especially Saudi Arabia, worried about the deal and the prospect of a resurgent Iran?

4. Do you think the current deal will pave the way toward friendly relations between the US and Iran?

5. So, then what are the implications of this historic Iran nuclear deal for Korea?

* Good Morning Seoul (7.24)

About Experts

Jang Ji-Hyang
Jang Ji-Hyang

Center for Regional Studies

Dr. JANG Ji-Hyang is a senior fellow and director of the Center for Middle East and North Africa at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Dr. Jang served as a policy advisor on Middle East issues to South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2012-2018). Previously, Dr. Jang taught comparative and Middle East politics at Seoul National University, Yonsei University, Ewha Woman’s University, and the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. Her research interests include political economy of the Middle East and North Africa, political Islam, comparative democratization, terrorism, and state-building. Dr. Jang is the author of numerous books and articles, including The Arab Spring: Will It Lead to Democratic Transitions?(with Clement M. Henry (eds.), Palgrave Macmillan 2013), “Disaggregated ISIS and the New Normal of Terrorism” (Asan Issue Brief 2016), “Islamic Fundamentalism” (International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences 2008), and a Korean translation of Fawaz Gerges’ Journey of the Jihadist: Inside Muslim Militancy (Asan Institute 2011). Dr. Jang received a B.A. in Turkish studies and M.A. in political science from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Texas at Austin.