Going nowhere alone: US sanctions on Iran and the afterlife of the JCPOA

Fridtjof Falk
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Journal Article
Harvard Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy
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The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
On November 5th, 2018, the Trump administration re-imposed severe sanctions on Iran. These sanctions, which President Obama called the “toughest sanctions ever faced by the Iranian government,” were lifted by the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran Deal. The JCPOA was signed with a view to blocking Iran’s alleged pursuit of nuclear weapons, allowing international inspectors into Iran in return for sanctions relief. Withdrawing the United States (US) from the deal was a prominent promise of Donald Trump leading up to the presidential elections of 2016. In a May 2018 speech that described the deal as rooted in “fiction,” President Trump made good on his promise to leave the JCPOA and to move to unilaterally re-impose sanctions on Iran.
International Relations, Nuclear Weapons, Treaties and Agreements, Sanctions, Nuclear Power, Economy
Political Geography
Europe, Iran, Middle East, North America, United States of America