President Biden said that when he took office, he would make an effort to have the United States re-join the Iran Nuclear Agreement. But so far those efforts are proving to be more difficult to accomplish...with the head of the U.N. nuclear
The Europeans need to ditch their passive attitude toward trying to restart talks between the United States and Iran. Time is of the essence: Tehran may be just four months away from amassing enough fissile material for an atomic bomb.
A return to transatlantic cooperation on the Iran nuclear deal will require trust, a thorough understanding of the shifting power dynamics in the Middle East, and Europe's desire and capacity to drive diplomacy forward.
Nuclear nonproliferation in the Middle East is a major policy challenge for President Joe Biden, who is eager to return to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.
The Islamic revolution upended these ties almost overnight. Thereafter, and for the past forty years the two have found themselves in an ever-worsening conflict, occasionally even in indirect military confrontations.
Unless the Israeli government prefers to take on the Biden administration at this early stage instead of trying to coordinate approaches to Iran and the nuclear deal, it would be well advised to tone down the public rhetoric and threats and focus on old-fashioned but effective quiet diplomacy with Washington.
As the Biden administration enters office, several assumptions about the Middle East will have to be abandoned.
Join us as Dan Balz, Norman Ornstein, and Danielle Pletka sit down with Aaron David Miller to discuss expected domestic and foreign policy in the Biden administration.
Advocates of holding out for a better nuclear deal with Iran deal argue that enhanced economic sanctions will drive Iran to make further concessions. The problem is that Tehran has a greater capacity than Washington to escalate the crisis.
The coronavirus has devastated fragile and conflict-affected states, exacerbating suffering and, in some cases, shifting power dynamics in ways that are likely to influence politics or the conflicts even when the pandemic subsides.