Global Academic, Cultural Leaders Declare ‘European Imperative’ to Save Iran Deal

A new open letter calls upon the European Union to “discharge its international obligations” and ensure that “Iran and its people enjoy the full economic and political dividends” of the nuclear deal, despite President Trump’s unilateral withdrawal from the agreement earlier this month.

Over 150 figures have signed the letter so far, including some of the most prominent names in the humanities and social sciences, among them Judith Butler, Noam Chomsky, Peter Singer, Slavoj Žižek, Cornel West, and Talal Asad. Iranian scholars who have signed the letter include Hamid Dabashi and Ervand Abrahamian. Other signatories include Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti and artist Shirin Neshat.

The letter, hosted online and addressed to European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini, applauds the “‘universal language’ of respect and dialogue” she employed in her May 8 speech responding to Trump’s aborgation of the deal. Mogherini insisted that Europe was committed not to “let anyone dismantle this agreement.” Drawing on this sentiment, the letter declares that “failure is not an option” in this “age of extremes” as Europe seeks to protect the credibility of diplomacy and the durability of peace.