As Iran and the P5+1 close in on the deadline for a deal addressing Iran’s nuclear program, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Middle East Security Program Director Ilan Goldenberg has released a new report, U.S. Strategy After the Iran Deal: Seizing Opportunities and Managing Risks.
The report makes six core policy recommendations to the U.S. for maximizing the benefits of any deal with Iran:
- Take steps outside of the P5+1 negotiations to set conditions for long-term enforcement and implementation.
- Cooperate with Iran on issues of common interest in order to stabilize the Middle East and enable a more moderate Iran.
- More forcefully counter Iranian actions running counter to U.S. interests, notably support for Iranian surrogates and proxies in the Middle East.
- Maintain and deepen U.S. commitments to regional partners to dissuade those partners from taking destabilizing steps.
- Leverage the agreement to strengthen non-proliferation norms around the globe.
- Use the agreement to refocus on Asia and Europe and increase U.S. leverage with Russia and China.