July 15, 2015

With More Cash, Iran Poised to Help Mideast Friends

By Peter Harrell

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Iran is widely expected to use some of the billions of dollars freed up by sanctions relief under the newly minted nuclear deal to aid regional partners hostile to Washington and its allies.

But with the threat of extremist group Islamic State redrawing old battle lines in the Middle East, the Iranian and U.S. camps sometimes find themselves fighting a common enemy. Iran hopes to leverage better relations with the U.S. and other Western nations to secure closer cooperation against common threats. 

Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who played a central role in negotiating the nuclear deal agreed on Tuesday, claimed in a recent address that his country was at the forefront of the fight against extremism.

Read the full article at The Wall Street Journal.

  • 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, where he focuses on the intersection of economics and national security. Research interest...