The Iran nuclear deal: Opportunities and challenges
December 3, 2013
Guests: Joseph Cirincione and Gregory Gause
The nuclear deal involving Iran, the U.S. and other world powers signals the first thaw in relations between Tehran and Washington in 34 years. Critics of the deal argue it doesn’t go far enough, Iran can’t be trusted to comply, and it does nothing to ensure the security of our allies in the reason. Others, including our first guest JOSEPH CIRINCIONE, see it as a positive first step in ending nuclear proliferation not only in the Middle East but throughout the world. Then there are the geopolitical ramifications of Iran’s promise to halt its nuclear ambitions – possible shifting of alliances and new balances of power. For what the deal means in the region we turn to GREGORY GAUSE, professor of political science at the University of Vermont.