June 15, 2015

U.S. Strategy After the Iran Deal: Seizing Opportunities and Managing Risks

By Ilan Goldenberg

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.

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The report makes six core policy recommendations to the U.S. for maximizing the benefits of any deal with Iran:

  1. Take steps outside of the P5+1 negotiations to set conditions for long-term enforcement and implementation.
  2. Cooperate with Iran on issues of common interest in order to stabilize the Middle East and enable a more moderate Iran.
  3. More forcefully counter Iranian actions running counter to U.S. interests, notably support for Iranian surrogates and proxies in the Middle East.
  4. Maintain and deepen U.S. commitments to regional partners to dissuade those partners from taking destabilizing steps.
  5. Leverage the agreement to strengthen non-proliferation norms around the globe.
  6. Use the agreement to refocus on Asia and Europe and increase U.S. leverage with Russia and China.
  • 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...

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