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.
The endgame for negotiations would be an Iran whose entire nuclear program would be subject to routine but rigorous oversight to make sure everything is accounted for.
Even if an agreement is ultimately successfully structured, implemented, and enforced, solving the Iranian nuclear problem does not resolve the Iran problem for the entire region or for the United States.
Iran’s ongoing negotiations over its nuclear program, most recently this weekend in Geneva, have not yet resulted in a deal.
Though the diplomatic thaw between Iran and the West is a significant step forward, it remains to be seen whether Iran wants a rapprochement with the United States and will fundamentally change its foreign and domestic policy.
The disputes over Iran’s nuclear program should be solved through diplomacy and negotiations.