Iran is one of the few countries in the Middle East where America’s strategic interests and democratic values align, rather than clash.
Under the new nuclear deal, the broad sanctions architecture remains. Iran’s oil industry is still under sanctions, and if indeed Iran wants to emerge from that isolation, it’s going to require some consistent nuclear compromise.
While the Iran nuclear deal offers a potential nuclear détente, the United States and Iran are not on the verge of a rapprochement just yet.
The existence of this six-month deal creates a very clear deadline by which Iran must commit to steps that will demonstrably end its efforts to develop nuclear weapons.
The interim agreement between Iran and the P5+1 includes technical limitations on Iran’s program but most importantly serves as a confidence-building process.
The international community must be aware of the risks and opportunities inherent in a final deal over Iran’s nuclear program.
Agreements like the Iran nuclear deal in Geneva always contain risks, but in this instance, the rewards are sufficient to justify the risks.
For the Obama administration, the nuclear deal with Iran offers multiple advantages. For the near term, at least, it is a rare diplomatic triumph.
The success of nuclear agreements are judged over a period of months and years, not over a period of minutes.
An interim agreement between Iran and the P5+1 could be a positive step toward achieving nonproliferation goals and overcoming mutual distrust with Iran.