Iran Nuclear Deal is a Diplomatic Victory

Posted by Hunter Headapohl on July 29, 2015 in Blog
On July 16 the Middle East Policy Council hosted a Capitol Hill forum about the recently negotiated Iran Nuclear Deal. The panel, made up of experts in defense, economics, and public policy, looked not so much at the deal itself but on the broader strategic and economic impacts of the agreement. The forum began with remarks from James Miller, former undersecretary for policy at the Department of Defense and board member of the Atlantic council. Mr. Miller discussed the security implications of the agreement, arguing that we could not have gotten a better deal given the strict inspection standards of the agreement and the ability to snap back sanctions. Like many others, he shared concerns that Iran would try to cheat under the agreement, but argued that we are prepared to respond if they do so. He also countered the narrative of Iran’s military supremacy in the region, highlighting Iran’s relatively low military spending compared to Saudi Arabia and its restricted access to weapons under the sanctions.
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A US-Iran Realignment Is Not in the Cards

Posted on July 20, 2015 in Washington Watch
With the conclusion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between the P5+1 and Iran, some are panicking in despair, while others have visions of a dramatically realigned Middle East.
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Deal or No Deal

Posted on July 13, 2015 in Washington Watch
Here in Washington and across the Middle East, many are holding their breath awaiting news of the outcome of the P5+1 negotiations with Iran: some, in hopeful anticipation; others with a sense of dread.
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