The five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany have brokered a deal with with Iran for some nuclear concessions in exchange for a modicum of sanctions relief. The concessions on sanctions are in and of themselves not dramatic, but the reversal in momentum for sanctions and the loss of the psychology of impenetrable sanctions is of immeasurable value to Tehran. Here's a look at the latest from AEI's foreign and defense policy experts.
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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s railings against the threat of militant Islam, while possibly resonant with the American people, are unlikely to affect President Obama, who has ultimately proven uninterested in the Middle East, during their meeting today at the White House.
The United States does not need Iran's help to defeat the Islamic State. The last thing Washington should do is give Iran's role in the region more credibility and a wider scope for its ambitions.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is ultimately a creature of this regime, and as such, his domestic polices and diplomatic outreach will inevitably aim to preserve the Islamic republic rather than to change it from within.
Iran's nuclear weapons program, now operating largely outside Barack Obama's attention span, is still making steady progress.
If the Iranians want to kill ISIS, that’s awesome. But it doesn’t have larger meaning. And it doesn’t mean the US should set up some sort of “partnership” with Khamenei.
American negotiators have attempted to secure a broader nuclear agreement with Iran building on the interim deal signed in November 2013. We now have nine months' worth of Iranian rhetoric and behavior as a basis for judging Tehran's intentions and perceptions. Iran's leaders have not budged in any meaningful way on the core issues.