1 thought on “Joe Biden and the Middle East”

  1. Alastair is entirely right in his question “what exactly does Joe Biden have up his sleeve to bring the Iranians to the table in earnest over the nuclear issue per se let alone Iran’s regional aspirations?” But it’s potentially even more challenging: while proponents of sanctions on Iran like to claim that they were necessary to force the IRI to the table, it appears that what really allowed the IRI and US to talk was an alignment of (comparative) centrists in both Tehran and DC; previously, either one or other capital had been occupied by hawks. While the (centrist) Biden may become POTUS soon, it looks as if the (comparative centrist) Rouhani is likely to be voted out and replaced by a hardliner, thus DC and Tehran will be out of kilter once more.

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