September 19, 2020

Trump steps up Iran fight in final election stretch

Featuring Peter Harrell

Source: The Hill

Journalist Rebecca Kheel

President Trump is ramping up a fight with both Iran and U.S. allies with just weeks to go before the presidential election.

The Trump administration insists all United Nations sanctions against Iran will come back into effect Saturday night and has vowed to enforce them even though the vast majority of the Security Council has rejected the United States’ authority to reimpose the sanctions.

The gambit could trigger an escalation with Iran in the final stretch of the election, and risks shining a spotlight on the administration’s increasing isolation on the world stage — though the election could also mean countries stay in a holding pattern until then.

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Authors

  • Peter Harrell

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Energy, Economics and Security Program

    Peter Harrell is an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. He is a leading expert on U.S. economic statecraft, including sanctions, export controls, ...