Concern over ballistic missiles should not be the impetus for withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal. Ballistic missiles were intentionally left out of the deal because of the lack of international consensus.
Elliott Abrams addresses the nuclear deal with Iran and how the Iranian-Israeli rivalry might impact the Middle East.
The smart way to get tough on Iran would be to commit to the nuclear deal, enforce it to the hilt, and work with global partners on a long-term strategy to deal with Iran’s challenge.
A regular survey of experts on matters relating to Middle Eastern and North African politics and security.
The European Union, the most vocal supporter of the JCPOA, does not have the means to uphold the deal in the face of the United States and Iran, the two most crucial signatories, trying to kill it.
Regional connectivity projects give Afghanistan a substantive trading alternative to Pakistan and provide a powerful mechanism for trade and economic development.
Increased tensions between the United States and Iran over the last couple days, along with U.S. President Donald Trump’s calls to end the Iran Nuclear Deal, could put Iran on the same path as North Korea as an imminent threat potentially needing military consideration.
If the United States thrusts aside the nuclear deal with Iran—and uses contrived evidence to do so—the message to North Korea and others will be that America’s word is disposable and Washington cannot be trusted to honor its commitments.
India’s traditionally neutral position in the Middle East has ended with the landmark Israel visit. The future balancing of India’s westward pivot will be determined by a new regional order led assertively be Saudi Arabia, and one which sees Iran as enemy number one.
Recommendations on what the EU can do to maintain the Iran nuclear deal and slowly improve the regional outlook.