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Iranian Nuclear Deal: Challenges for Regional and Global Strategic Management
Reza Shah Pahlavi laid the foundations of the Iranian
nuclear quest in the 1950s by getting nuclear
assistance under reciprocal arrangements in the US-sponsored
Atom for Peace program. Iran is a signatory of the NonProliferation Treaty (NPT) since 1970, and by their perspective, all
protocols under NPT have fully complied. The 1979 revolution in
Iran proved a watershed in relations with the USA due to the
hostage crisis and increased hostility, which resulted in economic
sanctions and isolation. However, Iran covertly pursued its nuclear
program, which remained the subject of international debate until
the nuclear deal of 2015 aimed at limiting Irans nuclear capability
for the lifting of sanctions and breaking isolation. On 16 January
2016, in response to Irans compliance with the provisions of the
nuclear deal, all nuclear-related sanctions were lifted. President
Trump since taking over office has repeatedly criticized the
agreement and decertified it unilaterally. This article analyses
implications on regional and global strategic management.
Assistant Professor, Department of IR, National Defence University, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Syed Jawad Shah
Assistant Director Research, Department of ISSRA, NDU, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Ministry of Interior, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Peaceful nuclear program, nuclear proliferation, the nuclear deal