Biden's misplaced hopes in the Iranian key

A return to the 2015 nuclear deal won't unlock other problems in the Middle East. Apart from questionable assumptions, too much has changed in the region.

A military drill involving air defence units in Iran in October. PHOTO: REUTERS
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US President-elect Joe Biden has not made many foreign policy pledges. Apart from the vague promise to "restore US leadership and credibility" and repair America's alliances from the damage inflicted on them by the Trump administration, neither Mr Biden nor his team of closest advisers has said much about what he proposes to do on foreign and security policies.

Yet there is one topic on which Mr Biden has been very specific: Iran, where he promises to reverse Mr Donald Trump's policy by returning the United States in compliance with the nuclear deal, as part of a broader policy to overhaul the Middle East.

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