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The Iranian Nuclear Deal: Long-Term Implications for the Middle East

The Iran nuclear deal has the potential to become a game changer in the Middle East by providing the opportunity for rapprochement between Iran, the preeminent power in the Gulf, and the United States, the preeminent global power, thus reducing the strategic importance of both Saudi Arabia and Israel. Israel’s virulent opposition to the deal has also demonstrated that it has become a strategic liability for the United States.

The Iranian Nuclear Deal Long-Term Implications for the Middle East
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi give a press conference on July 15, 2015, after Iran’s nuclear negotiating team struck a deal with world powers in Vienna. AFP PHOTO / ATTA
 

It is now certain that the agreement between Iran and the P5+1 concerning Iran’s nuclear program will move to the implementation stage. The attempt by Republicans in the U.S. Congress to scuttle the deal has been defused by a procedural vote in the Senate that precludes that body from repudiating the agreement and thus forcing President Obama to veto the Senate resolution. However, there are still strong forces opposed to the implementation of the agreement, viz.

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