On May 19, Richard Nephew, lead sanctions expert for the U.S. team negotiating with Iran, met with participants in the PSA-Harvard Negotiation Program and alumni and current participants of the Congressional Partnership Program, where he discussed applying the tools and techniques of negotiation to reach a deal. In this off-the-record dinner, Nephew discussed his role in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the negotiation process, and gave participants advice in future negotiations.
Richard Nephew served as the lead sanctions expert for the US team negotiating with Iran from August 2013 to December 2014. At the same time, he served as the principal deputy for the inaugural Coordinator for Sanctions Policy at the State Department, where he briefed senior officials on a range of sanctions policy issues–including those involving Russia, North Korea and the Islamic State. Nephew was the director for Iran at the National Security Council from 2011 to 2013, where he was responsible for the development and execution of the sanctions strategy toward Iran. He is currently a research scholar and program director at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University.