The United States has gone from the victory-at-any-cost mindset of World War II to the exit-at-any-cost mindset of the Obama years.
The recent nuclear agreement with Iran will likely have far-reaching effects on conflicts across the Middle East, particularly the war in Yemen.
This podcast examines the key parts of the Iran deal and President Barack Obama’s foreign policy strategy in the Middle East.
It is too early to tell whether or not the recently signed Iran deal will have a drastic effect on Iran’s domestic political climate.
While a rapprochement between the United States and Iran is unlikely, a warming of relations between Europe and Iran is at least as promising.
It remains to be seen how much oil and gas Iran will bring to the markets, but the uncertainty will not stop zealous investors from chasing potential opportunities.
Four years after closing, the United Kingdom is reopening its embassy in Tehran.
Key external powers involved in the Syrian conflict seem to be engaged in little more than positioning and public relations. Although the prospect of ending Syria’s tragedy is tantalizing, it remains unlikely.
The Iran nuclear deal has yielded neither a verifiable Iranian commitment to restrict its nuclear endeavors to the parameters of a peaceful energy program, nor a mechanism that reliably prevents Iran from funneling the enormous unfrozen funds provided to it to all the wrong causes.
There is a broad consensus among Arab leaders and commentators that the Iran nuclear agreement will have far-reaching geostrategic effects on their countries.