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
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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