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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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.
Senior Fellow John Bolton predicts on Fox News that the main objective of Israel and other countries will be to thwart Iranian nuclear program.
Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s sermon delivered on Eid al-Fitr, the feast day marking the end of Ramadan, reinforces the regime’s hostility toward Israel’s existence and gives Israel’s destruction his religious imprimatur.
American strategies that rely on severe tensions within Iran’s senior leadership or that imagine that Rouhani is somehow seriously at odds with the Supreme Leader and the IRGC on foreign, defense, or nuclear policy are likely to fail.