American Univesity of Beirut

Towards Bilateral Nuclear Talks in the Gulf Region

​​​This OpEd is part of the Issam Fares Institute opinion articles series published weekly. This article is​ written​​ by Nour Eid, Researcher, Intern at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, AUB

Tensions have escalated in the Gulf since U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to walk away from the JCPOA, the multilateral nuclear deal that restricted Iran’s nuclear program. Ironically – given Trump’s argument that the deal was too weak to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons – the increased regional hostilities and reestablishment of sanctions on Iran in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal may have redirected Iran’s leaders towards thinking about the “value” of having a nuclear weapon program. This is a dangerous path that could trigger a nuclear race between Iran and its neighbors, especially Saudi Arabia.

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