Biden’s Iran Deal: An Assessment

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As the Biden administration imposes broad sanctions on Russia in a late attempt to deter military advancements and aggression in Ukraine, it has also been quietly waiving, releasing and otherwise not enforcing extensive sanctions that were part of the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign against the Islamic Republic of Iran. From a foreign policy standpoint, this administration has been singularly focused on rejoining a deal with the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism, responsible for the deaths of thousands of American soldiers and untold numbers of innocent civilians the world over. Iran has been seeking nuclear weapons and expanding its nuclear programs, infrastructure, and facilities since the signing of the JCPOA in 2015.

None of this makes sense, but Behnam Ben Taleblu helped us break down what’s going on in the negotiations taking place in Vienna. What might a final but weaker and more dangerous deal look like? What is the likelihood that Biden will agree to all of Iran’s demands? What is the impact of reversing the maximum pressure sanctions that had been very effective? And what lessons from those sanctions can be applied to the Russian war in Ukraine?

About the Speaker: Behnam Ben Taleblu is a senior fellow at FDD where he focuses on Iranian security and political issues. Behnam previously served as a research fellow and senior Iran analyst at FDD. Prior to his time at FDD, Behnam worked on non-proliferation issues at an arms control think-tank in Washington. Leveraging his subject-matter expertise and native Farsi skills, Behnam has closely tracked a wide range of Iran-related topics including: nuclear non-proliferation, ballistic missiles, sanctions, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the foreign and security policy of the Islamic Republic, and internal Iranian politics.

Frequently called upon to brief journalists, congressional staff, and other Washington-audiences, Behnam has also testified before the U.S. Congress and Canadian Parliament.His analysis has been quoted in The Washington PostThe Wall Street JournalReutersFox NewsThe Associated Press, and Agence France-Presse, among others. Additionally, he has contributed to or co-authored articles for Foreign AffairsForeign PolicyFox NewsThe HillWar on the RocksThe National Interest, and U.S. News & World Report. Behnam has appeared on a variety of broadcast programs, including BBC NewsFox NewsCBS InteractiveC-SPAN, and Defense News.

Behnam earned his MA in International Relations from The University of Chicago, and his BA in International Affairs and Middle East Studies from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

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