Iran and U.S. Strategy: Looking beyond the JCPOA

(Center for Strategic and International Studies) Anthony H. Cordesman - The U.S. must consider a range of critical issues that will not be solved by simply renewing the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA). Iran's increasing ability to use its proxies and engage the U.S. in gray area warfare means that the U.S. must reshape its strategy to comprehensively engage Iran beyond the JCPOA. If the U.S. is to succeed in both preventing an Iranian nuclear program and helping to bring some form of stability to the Gulf and the Middle East-North Africa (MENA) region, it needs to broaden its approach to the Iranian nuclear program and focus on the overall military balance in the Gulf. At the same time, the U.S. must recognize that the Iranian missile threat, Iran's influence over key neighbors like Syria and Iraq, and Iran's capabilities for asymmetric maritime warfare in the Gulf must be considered. The writer holds the Chair in Strategy at CSIS in Washington.

2021-07-05 00:00:00

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