The Brief, June 2018


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June  11, 2018 

The Iran Nuclear Agreement: What Next?
U.S. President Donald Trump announced an immediate withdrawal from the landmark Iran nuclear deal, a decision Johns Hopkins SAIS experts said will threaten U.S. credibility, global stability, and ties with allies.

Dean Vali Nasr wrote in Axios that “rather than acting as the bulwark against dangers to world order, the U.S. is now seen as the country inflaming them” following U.S. withdrawal from the Iran agreement and the summit with North Korea. Read more

Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies Sanam Vakil wrote in The Guardian that the “U.S. withdrawal creates a transatlantic divide at a time when cooperation between Washington and its European allies is critical.” Read more

Foreign Policy Institute Herter/Nitze Distinguished Scholar Antony J. Blinken told The Cipher Brief that “blowing up the deal puts [the U.S.] on a collision course with Iran and our closest allies” and encourages Iranian opposition to speed up development of bombs. Read more

Associate Director of Strategic Studies Mara Karlin told The Washington Post that “if you want to ensure the Pentagon can actually plan and prepare and resource for a potential conflict with China or Russia, then getting into conflict with Iran and North Korea is the exact wrong thing to do.” Read more

Dean Vali Nasr told PBS NewsHour that although Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will need to engage with Europe, Russia, and China in order to preserve elements of the deal, “it is the hard-liners that hold all the cards regionally.” Watch more

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