Iran Won’t Renew Its Nuclear Deal with the U.S. under Any Circumstances

March 23 2020

A favorite refrain of many experts on the Islamic Republic is that the regime is divided between “moderates,” and “hardliners.” While such divisions indeed exist, both groups—contrary to the claims of these experts—support terrorism, obtaining nuclear weapons, and the destruction of Israel. The moderates of Iran do not share the political vision of the West; rather, explains Ray Takeyh, the moderates (or modernizers, as he calls them), favored the 2015 nuclear deal in order to acquire more advanced nuclear technology under better economic circumstances. They therefore have little reason now to support a less favorable agreement, or even a return to the 2015 terms:

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More about: Ali Khamenei, Iran, Iran nuclear program, Ronald Reagan, U.S. Foreign policy

Now Is the Time for the Gulf States to Make Peace with Israel

Aug. 11 2020

In the event that Joe Biden wins the upcoming presidential elections, there is a good chance that the U.S. will revert to the Obama-era policy of realignment with Iran, and to distancing itself from traditional Middle Eastern allies like Saudi Arabia. Richard Goldberg argues that Riyadh, along with the United Arab Emirates, can buy itself some security by establishing official relations with Jerusalem:

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More about: Iran, Israel diplomacy, Israel-Arab relations, Joseph Biden, Saudi Arabia, U.S. Foreign policy, United Arab Emirates