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Foreign Policy Essay

If the U.S. Rejoins the JCPOA, Iran’s Power Will Not Be Unshackled

Editor’s Note: Critics of the Trump administration worry that its decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal will haunt successor administrations. Iran, they fear, will emerge stronger and even more aggressive. Thomas Juneau of the University of Ottawa, however, argues that the constraints on Iran are profound and structural and that Iran would remain weak if the deal were renegotiated.

Daniel Byman


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