November 25, 2013
What's your reaction to the announcement that the U.S. has reached a deal with Iran in which Iran will curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief?
Victor Asal, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Asal: The deal with Iran looks to be good for Iran, good for the United States and good for Western European powers and is likely to make Israel, Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries with which Iran has less then cordial relations very unhappy. The agreement takes the pressure off the U.S. and its allies to "do something" for they have now done something. It will take pressure off Iran, both militarily and economically, but given the VERY low level of trust between Iran and other countries in the Middle East, the likelihood that this deal will satisfy those countries or lead them to believe that Iran has really stopped pursuing the bomb is even lower. This creates a serious and dangerous policy conundrum for the countries in the Middle East. Potentially this could be very disruptive to their relationship with the United States.
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