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Xerxes Made Us Do It: Iran, the Biden Administration, and Mid-East Instability

by Ralph Petersvia Strategika
Monday, August 2, 2021

Americans obsess over means, while our enemies focus on purpose. American decision-makers and their paladins focus so intently on the practical requirements of an Iranian nuclear weapon that we forget to ask why this Persian-majority state wants one, thus obscuring simultaneous Iranian initiatives designed to achieve the same strategic ends through other means.

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Revisiting Past Mistakes: A Revival of the Iranian Nuclear Deal

by Robert G. Kaufmanvia Strategika
Monday, August 2, 2021

Samuel Johnson described a second marriage as a triumph of hope over experience. This adage sums up the Biden administration’s determination to revive Obama’s dangerous doctrine in the Middle East that failed dismally the first time around. Worse, this reprise of past mistakes threatens to undo the significant though provisional progress the Trump administration achieved in the region by doing exactly the opposite of its predecessor.

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Will Biden’s Outreach to Iran Increase or Erode Middle East Stability?

by Josef Joffevia Strategika
Monday, August 2, 2021

Barack Obama’s tilt toward Tehran and away from Israel-cum-Arabs was as imprudent as Joe Biden’s tilt II promises to be now. First, it is bad realpolitik. As housekeeper of the global order, the U.S. will not thrive by bandwagoning with the local would-be hegemon, in this case Iran. The task is exactly the opposite: to corral local powers into a coalition balancing against Iran.

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The Path Forward with Iran

by Chris Gibson via Strategika
Monday, August 2, 2021

We are half a year into the new Biden administration, but the complexity and frustration surrounding U.S. policy towards Iran that have vexed earlier administrations are already readily apparent.

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Destabilizing Detente

by Seth Cropseyvia Strategika
Monday, August 2, 2021

Renewed detente with Iran will undermine Near Eastern stability. Iran is more secure than it was in 2016. Despite the damage economic sanctions have done, Iran has escalated its campaign in the Levant, continued its pressure in Yemen, and more recently signed an economic agreement with China that will insulate it from the worst of renewed American punishment if it is found in breach of a new nuclear deal.

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Can U.S.-Iranian Relations Be Remade?

by Hy Rothsteinvia Strategika
Monday, August 2, 2021

The Biden administration is taking steps to restore the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or the JCPOA, and lift sanctions imposed by the Trump administration that are inconsistent with the accord. The new administration also assumes that a resurrected JCPOA will be the basis for future agreements to address other areas of concern, including Iran’s ballistic missile program and actions through its proxies that destabilize the Middle East.

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The Prospects Of A New Iran Deal

by Edward N. Luttwak via Strategika
Monday, August 2, 2021

The Biden administration and President Biden personally, like Obama and his administration before him, have promised that Iran shall not be allowed to acquire a usable nuclear-explosive device. Nor is that one of those political promises that can remain unfulfilled without immediate, highly visible, and highly damaging consequences for the President, the United States, and its allies and friends.

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Iran’s Nuclear Program

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Strategika
Monday, August 2, 2021

The Biden administration came into office with the hope of reentering the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—the nuclear deal with Iran—and thereby reduce tensions in the Middle East, an area of the world to which it would rather pay less attention. 

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Tehran's Crimes, Acts Of War, And Other Provocations

quoting General Jim Mattisvia Israel Hayom
Friday, July 30, 2021

Unless President Biden responds forcefully to the latest, expect more.

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What Would Bismarck Think?

by Barry Straussvia Military History in the News
Thursday, July 29, 2021

Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898), dubbed the “Iron Chancellor,” was one of modern history’s masters of Realpolitik. As Prussia’s minister-president, he executed the “blood and iron” war policies that resulted in 1871 in Germany’s long-desired unification.