As the new administration drags itself through the failed muck of Obama political cosplay-replay, one leftover bit of foreign policy deserves a second chance: the Iran Nuclear Accords. Steps toward peace were a good idea in 2015 and an even better idea in 2021.

The United States and Iran (again) have an opportunity to end decades of hostility. The Nuclear Accord, however imperfect, would bind the two nations along with a NATO and others to years of engagement and leave open the door to fuller relationships. As Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif wrote, the accord “is not a ceiling, but…

Peter Van Buren

Author of Hooper’s War: A Novel of WWII Japan and WE MEANT WELL: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts + Minds of the Iraqi People

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