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Edition 2: November 11, 2020
Biden & the Middle East
Joe Biden’s nomination as the Democrat candidate for the U.S presidential elections made Middle East observers evaluate his potential policies. Now, with his election to the White House, will Washington’s approach in the Middle East change significantly or will it remain as a continuation of his predecessor- Donald Trump.
One country that will see a stark difference in the American position will certainly be Iran. Trump walked out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or the JCPOA, began a maximum pressure campaign on Tehran, riddled it with sanctions & wanted to renegotiate the Obama-era nuclear deal. Biden, on the other hand, called Trump’s approach to Iran “dangerous” and has made it very clear that he will restore the nuclear deal if “Iran complies with its nuclear obligations.” While it is unclear if Biden may lift the sanctions on Iran imposed on non-nuclear issues, the massive mistrust in Tehran towards Washington and potential opposition by the Republicans in Congress & allies in the Middle East – Saudi Arabia, UAE, Israel- to renegotiating the JCPOA, Biden and Iran do have a tough road ahead.
Madhuvanthi Srinivasan is a journalist based out of Mumbai
The views expressed above are the author’s own and do not represent Takshashila Institution’s recommendations.