As a long-time Senate Committee on Foreign Relation senior professional staff member for the Near East and South Asia, Danielle Pletka was the point person on Middle East, Pakistan, India and Afghanistan issues. As the vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at AEI, Pletka writes on national security matters with a focus on Iran and weapons proliferation, the Middle East, Syria, Israel and the Arab Spring. She also studies and writes about South Asia: Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.
Pletka is the co-editor of “Dissent and Reform in the Arab World: Empowering Democrats” (AEI Press, 2008) and the co-author of “Containing and Deterring a Nuclear Iran” (AEI Press, 2011). Her most recent study, “Iranian influence in the Levant, Egypt, Iraq, and Afghanistan,” was published in May 2012. She is currently working on a follow-up report on U.S.–Iranian competitive strategies in the Middle East, to be published in the winter of 2013.
When word came that Secretary of State John Kerry was winging his way back to Geneva, there was little doubt a deal had been reached with Iran for some nuclear concessions in exchange for a modicum of sanctions relief.
Can an agreement between Iran and world powers live up to expectations? What are the elements of a deal that would protect American interests and those of its allies in the region? Can the White House afford to ease sanctions in exchange for concrete Iranian concessions? And has Iranian President Hassan Rouhani managed to change his regime’s strategic calculus?
As we assess the current negotiations with Iran over its illicit nuclear weapons program and measure the efficacy of our sanctions, our overall Iran policy, and the quality of our negotiations themselves, a few things become clear.
Amid a slew of international crises – Syria’s protracted civil war, al Shabaab’s bloody siege of an upscale mall in Nairobi, and brewing tensions in the East and South China Seas – dignitaries and envoys from around the world will descend on New York City this week for the opening...
Barack Obama famously said that he believes in “American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.” Like Vladimir Putin, who recently gave his own two rubles on the topic, Obama seems to believe that “all nations are equal.” Of course, that isn’t so. America has a democracy; Russia does not.