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Why Iran Is Key For Ending The Middle East Crisis

With Iran having resolved its nuclear dispute with the international community, it is now possible for the West to usher in a new era of collaboration with the country involving not just economic cooperation but an equally important parallel effort aimed at neutralising the threat posed by radical Sunni fundamentalism in the region. As the protector of "all Shiites", Iran has an obvious incentive for cooperating in any campaign against such forces...
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Iran Nuclear Deal And US Policy: From Deterrence to Containment

The conclusion of Iran's nuclear deal indicates that the US is moving away from a policy of deterrence to one of containment. Deterrence is aimed at getting adversaries to stop taking certain actions by using threats or other coercive measures, while containment is geared towards stopping the expansion and influence of an adversary. The question which this article addresses is why there is such a change in the US policy and what it aims to achieve.
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Why The Iran-P5+1 Nuclear Deal Doesn't Add Up

Even after July's landmark nuclear deal, there is no love lost between Iran and America. Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei recently told Iranians, "[O]ur policy regarding the arrogant US government will not change." US Secretary of State John Kerry had earlier assured allies that "nothing in the Iran deal is based on trust." Back home, Republicans are furious that President Barack Obama rushed the agreement. America's all-weather allies -- Israel and Saudi Arabia -- are also seething. The naysayers then wonder: Why this and why now?
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Saudi-Israeli Secret Talks And Joint Diplomacy

Ostensibly, both Saudi Arabia and Israel are worried about a nuclear Iran because they see the latter has having expansionist imperial ambitions. Of course, like everybody else in the neighbourhood Iran has proxy groups but perhaps it is not the existential threat posed by a nuclear Iran that worries the Saudis and Israelis as much as the fact that a sanction-free Iran would perhaps be Asia's fastest growing economy with its natural gas, oil and mineral deposits coupled with a highly educated young population.
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What Is The Alternative To A Bad Deal With Iran?

Critics of the ongoing negotiations claim that a vastly reduced capacity for uranium enrichment is not a sufficient concession by Iran because this does not nip its nuclear programme in the bud, and if it decides to weaponise at a later date, the option remains open. According to them, the current talks do nuclear non-proliferation efforts a great disservice, and the only deal worth taking is one in which Iran surrenders its nuclear programme in its entirety, and in perpetuity. This argument is counter-intuitive for three reasons.
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The Shifting Sands Of The Middle East

There are currently four all-out wars in the Middle East in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen with blowback of this in Tunisia, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Sudan amongst other places. The contexts of each of these situations is different and perhaps the one and only feature that states across the region share is that for various reasons most countries have denied their citizens the opportunity to form democratic civil society movements that participate in government and governance.