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The Middle East After the Iran Nuclear Deal: Chuck Freilich

| September 7, 2015

Negotiations between Iran and major powers were narrow in scope, focused on limiting Iran's nuclear program in exchange for relief from nuclear-related sanctions.  Nevertheless, the deal they yielded has broader implications for a region strewn with local conflicts that have been exacerbated by the interventions of regional powers. Five experts weigh in on how Middle Eastern states and nonstate actors are calibrating their policies, and what the new regional landscape might portend for conflicts from the Levant to Yemen.

The nuclear agreement is a done deal. Israel must now decide how best to position itself for this new reality in which Iran's nuclear aspirations have hopefully been postponed, though not eliminated; its regional and international stature has been strengthened by the resolution of the nuclear issue; and its financial ability to carry out its regional ambitions has been increased.

Many Israeli security experts believe that Israel's first priority should be to restore strategic cooperation and intimacy with the United States. An important dimension of that would be for Israel to acquiesce to the agreement and use its intelligence capabilities to help ensure that the nuclear inspections regime is implemented....

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For Academic Citation: Laub, Zachary and Chuck Freilich.“The Middle East After the Iran Nuclear Deal: Chuck Freilich.” Council on Foreign Relations Press, September 7, 2015.