Since the announcement of an interim nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, including Washington, less than two weeks ago, questions and debate surrounding the agreement and its implications for Iran and the wider region have not abated. In this environment of intense discussion on a major foreign policy development, Brookings Institution scholars continue to weigh in on the prospective fall-out of this deal and the longer-term diplomatic environment for Iran.
Bruce Riedel, who directs Brookings’ Intelligence Project and serves as a senior fellow in both the Saban Centerand the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, “An Israeli-Saudi Axis? Not Likely”
Ibrahim Sharquieh, deputy director of the Brookings Doha Center and fellow in the Saban Center, considers in a piece for Huffington Post entitled “Is Iran’s Nuclear Deal a Model for the Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations?”
Steven Pifer, who directs the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative and serves as a senior fellow in both Brookings Center on the United States and Europe and the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, examined the implications of the diplomacy for “Would an Iran Deal Obviate Missile Defense in Europe?”
Finally, Saban Center Senior Fellow Kenneth
The question with this administration is, what will Trump see as an acceptable return for this waiver [granted to India for its trade with Russia and Iran]? Will he demand a transaction in return, some give on the trade side or a big defence deal for the US as well? Russia and Iran are sticking points, but the fact that the Trump administration is dealing with these privately is a sign of how much the relationship has changed. [Mr Trump] usually doesn’t give out freebies.
For all of us who care about preventing an Iranian nuclear bomb, what’s the best way to keep preventing that? [The JCPOA is] not perfect, but it’s something. These conventions are never based on the premise that all the parties are telling the truth, it’s about enforcement mechanisms. No arms control agreement is based in trust.