Magazine January 25, 2021, Issue

JCPOA 2.0

Then–secretary of state John Kerry speaks about the Iran nuclear deal during an event in New York City, August 11, 2015. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)
A nuclear agreement with Iran must undergo the Constitution’s treaty process

The first great conflict of Joseph Biden’s presidency could erupt on the field of national security. In his most significant foreign-policy achievement, Presi­dent Donald Trump withdrew from Barack Obama’s 2015 Joint Compre­hensive Plan of Action, which traded limits on Iran’s nuclear program for immediate financial relief (an estimated $120–$150 billion) and the lifting of Western economic sanctions. Signaling a knee-jerk return to failed Obama policies, the president-elect has promised he will immediately  rejoin the JCPOA in a hopeless quest for a peaceful settlement with Tehran’s mullahs.

New presidents feel the need to score policy wins in the first months of their

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