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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani surrounded by lawmakers as he arrives at the parliament, Tehran, Iran, Jan. 17, 2016 (AP photo by Vahid Salemi).

Despite Nuclear Deal, Managing Expectations Still Key for U.S.-Iran Relations

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016

Last week marked the formal implementation of the agreement signed last summer by Iran and the international community to roll back Tehran’s nuclear program. Although the news did not create as much of a fuss as the actual signing of the agreement in July, in the larger context of international relations, it’s still a pretty big deal.

The agreement is a critical step forward for nuclear nonproliferation efforts and for the upholding of global norms and the will of the international community. It’s a victory for the notion that intractable international issues can be resolved via diplomacy and negotiations, rather than by use of force. It represents a huge opportunity for Iran, both economically and politically, to reassert itself in the region and on the global stage. For the Middle East, ending Iran’s isolation could lead to greater engagement on issues of regional import, like resolving the war in Syria. For the United States and Iran, it represents the first tentative opening between the two countries in more than 35 years. ...

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