The recent visit of Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif to India signals that both countries are keen to engage each other in the aftermath of the signing of the nuclear deal between the P5+1, Iran, and the European Union.
A “safe zone” in northern Syria could be a game-changer, but not necessarily a welcome one for the fight against Islamic State.
‘Death to America’ in the Age of Goshayesh: Iran’s Internal Struggle to Accept the Nuclear Deal
It’s not just the United States where the nuclear deal is controversial. In Iran, it has set the stage for an epic battle between the conservative and reformist elements of Iranian politics.
The dynamic in the Middle East is changing. Recent events have pushed Turkey towards a more activist position against Islamic State (ISIS) and Kurdish forces, which is shaping the response of other regional players, and leading to new alliances that will impact the future of Syria, Iraq, and the wider region.
The core of the struggle surrounding the Iran nuclear deal is not how it would advance the interests of the United States, but rather how the deal is being perceived.