Taking on Tehran: Project Syndicate

Iran has been public enemy number one for the Trump administration, with the United States withdrawing from the nuclear deal brokered by former President Barack Obama and imposing harsh sanctions. Iran’s oil exports and the economy as a whole is experiencing a harsh slowdown. Other nations abide by US policy, but the Iranian regime may outlast the US pressure due to its inimitable institutional structure. Iran responds with small-scale hostility and increased production of nuclear fuel, backtracking from the 2015 deal’s promises. While the deal lacked long-term goals, US withdrawal angered Tehran. A new Iran deal is possible, writes Richard Haass for Project Syndicate, but should include long-term planning, control Iran’s missile program and provide sanctions relief. Such a deal might be necessary to reduce ongoing proxy warfare with Iran in the Middle East. Multiple nations with nuclear weapons and ambitions remain a threat for the region. – YaleGlobal

Taking on Tehran: Project Syndicate

US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action 2015 deal angered and damaged Iran, but the nation stands its ground
Richard N. Haass
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Read the article from Project Syndicate about escalation in hostilities between Iran and the United States.

Richard N. Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, previously served as director of policy planning for the US State Department (2001-2003), and was President George W. Bush’s special envoy to Northern Ireland and coordinator for the Future of Afghanistan. He is the author of A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order.

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