July 14, 2015

Iran Nuclear Deal Makes Middle East Allies Nervous

By Ilan Goldenberg

Source: U.S. News & World Report

Journalist(s) Teresa Welsh

U.S. officials promised Tuesday that an agreement limiting Iran's development of nuclear technologywould provide greater stability in the Middle East, but the deal also threatens to alienate America's key allies in an extremely volatile region.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has long been vocal about his opposition to an agreement, even delivering a speech before Congress focused on the dangers of negotiating with Tehran. But the Gulf States, which are much more tacit in expressing their trepidation about the Obama administration's Iran diplomacy and its implications for regional security, are equally concerned. 

After years of negotiations, the U.S., along with China, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom, reached an agreement with Iran to curb that country's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. The deal announced Tuesday will reduce Iran's stockpile of enriched uranium, remove two-thirds of the installed centrifuges used to enrich uranium and allow international inspectors the ability to monitor the Islamic Republic's nuclear sites.

Read the full article at U.S. News & World Report.

  • Ilan Goldenberg

    Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Security Program

    Ilan Goldenberg is Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He is a foreign policy and defense expert with ext...