A U.S.-Iran Realignment Is Not in the Cards

July 18, 2015 3:22 PM

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With the conclusion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between the P5+1 and Iran, some are panicking in despair, while others have visions of a dramatically realigned Middle East. Both views are overreactions, since the deal itself is quite limited in scope, and the impact of 35 years of history and politics cannot easily be erased.

As President Obama has made clear, the focus on the negotiations was on Iran's nuclear program. The U.S. has not embraced Iran, eased its concern with Iran's current regional behavior, or absolved Iran for its hostile actions against U.S. citizens or those of our allies and friends. This is not the ...

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