Beyond Nuclear: The Increasing Threat from Iran
We must assume that Tehran will continue to see the US as a dangerous and aggressive enemy regardless of the outcome of nuclear negotiations. Iran’s leaders will continue to believe that America is attempting to build an alliance of Arab states and Israel with the aim of containing Iran and bringing down the current regime. An influx of money and investment at this stage will also fuel Iran’s ability sustain the military and paramilitary forces it has deployed and to fund its violent and sectarian proxies. A nuclear deal without some sort of real rapprochement, therefore, will actually increase the Iranian military threat to America’s interests. A deal with Iran that addresses only narrow technical issues related to the nuclear program does not even begin to address the challenge Iran poses. Addressing the challenge would require developing a coherent and nuanced strategy toward Iran, something that is notably absent today.