The Nuclear Impasse: The Geopolitical Stalemate Between the U.S. and Iran
by Matthew RJ Brodsky
The Newsmakers / TRT World
February 11, 2021
It's a diplomatic version of Catch-22 being played out in an international scale. The U.S. says Iran must return to the negotiating table - and full compliance - before it lifts sanctions. Tehran says the U.S. needs to lift sanctions before it even thinks about pulling up a chair. America insists Iran concede first. Iran insists the more America procrastinates, the more it stands to lose. Meanwhile, Rouhani only has a few months left in office and with a "hardliner" expected to be elected the next president in June, the future of the deal is uncertain.
So what's next? Will Joe Biden be able to convince his domestic audience to make concessions after Iran so boldly contravened parts of the agreement? And can Tehran push an agreement through before those who've long resisted it, take power? Is the deal worth saving? Does an Iranian policy shift depend on the differences between a so-called "moderate" or "hardliner" elected in June?
Senior Fellow at the Gold Institute for International Strategy Matthew RJ Brodsky joins Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council Holly Dagres; and author of "America And Iran A History: 1720 To The Present" and Executive Director of the Middle East Center at the University of Pennsylvania John Ghazvinian on TRT World's The Newsmakers with Alican Ayanlar.