Why do states seek nuclear weapons?  And can states cooperate to contain the spread of nuclear weapons? 

Kyle Beardsley and Victor Asal, “Winning with the Bomb”.  Journal of Conflict Resolution.  Vol. 53, no. 2 pp. 278-301. 

Case:  Iran.  “Everything You Want to Know About the Iran Nuclear Deal.”  The Economist, April 5, 2015.

Samuel M. Hickey and Manuel Reinert, “What’s Iran’s Nuclear Deal?” War on the Rocks, August 31, 2021.

Memo and Discussion Questions:

On July 14, 2015 former President Obama (along with the leaders of China, France, Russia, the UK and Germany) signed an agreement with Iran on the future of Iran’s nuclear program.

1. What were the terms of the deal, and why did the United States and Iran both agree to sign it? 

2.On May 8, 2018, President Trump withdrew from the agreement despite the fact that a majority Americans (according to a CNN poll) said the U.S. should remain.

Trump described the deal as “disaster,” “the worst deal ever,” and so “terrible” that it could lead to “a nuclear holocaust.”

How do you explain Trump’s decision to reject the deal (i.e., what was he hoping to achieve by withdrawing?)

How did the Iranian government respond to the US’s withdrawal?

Is the United States safer or less safe as a result?

Do you think the Biden administration and the new hardline Iranian government will likely sign a deal by 2024 (the next US Presidential election)? If so, why? If not, why not?

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