Iran and the Arab World afer the Nuclear Deal: Rivalryand Engagement in a New Era                    Compiled by Payam Mohseni, Director at Belfer Center for Science and International A?airs HarvardKennedy School, this publication has gathered the analyses of more than a dozenof the leading experts of the subject based in the Arab world. This publicationre?ects a unique picture of the response of experts across the region to the nuclearagreement between Iran and the P5+1. Mohseni argues that given Iran’s importantgeostrategic position and critical involvement in key Middle Eastern a?airs,the July 14, 2015 declaration on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) betweenIran and the P5+1 not only diminishes risk of nuclear proliferation but also presentssignificant implications for the future order of the Middle Easti.Whether moving toward greater accommodation with regional states or pushing forwardwith its revolutionary policies that confront regional order, Iran’s role inthe Middle East is now more important than ever and will be a critical subjectof analysis, research, and discussion in the foreseeable futureii.2.4       Iran’sNormalization Project: Custodians and Spoilers            Dr. Farhad Rezaeiis a research fellow at Center for Iranian Studies (IRAM) inAnkara, Turkey, where his work focuses on Iran’s foreign policy.

His article forMiddle East Policy Journal, a Washington, DC, based Council aimed at carrying outin depth analysis of Middle East. Dr. Rezaei draws boundaries of this research toassess whether the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), negotiatedbetween Iran and the international community in July 2015, might lead to afundamental reorientation in Iran’s foreign policyiii.Taking power in 1979, Iran’s revolutionary regime adopted an international posturethat combined the export of the Islamist revolution, a quest for regional hegemony,defance of international norms and, most consequentially, the search for anatomic arsenal. Over the years, these policies turned Iran into a virtualpariah state, a process made unbearable when the United Nations imposed heavy sanctionsto force the regime to roll back its nuclear projectiv.From the onset of hispresidency, Hassan Rouhani and his supporters considered the JCPOA to be the firststep in a grander plan to normalize Iran’s international relations andreintegrate it into the community of nationsv.

But opposition to normalization has not disappeared; important elites haveobjected to the conditions that would qualify Iran as a member in good standingof the international community. It is assumed that a power struggle between thenormalizers1 and their opponents would dictate the outcome of the process. IntegratingIran into the community of nations is one of the defining issues of our time.Providing rigorous measurement for evaluating this project would help tomonitor its progress and predict the outcome. Beyond the case of Iran, thestudy hopes to advance the theoretical knowledge of how spoiling actionsdevelop in all instances crucial to the well-being of the internationalcommunityvi.

                iMohseni, Payam, and Hussein Kalout. ‘Iran and the Arab Worldafter the Nuclear Deal Rivalry and Engagement in a New Era’. Belfer Centerfor Science and International A?airs, Harvard Kennedy School of Government,Project Iran, 13 August 2015, 100.

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https://www.belfercenter.org/publication/iran-and-arab-world-after-nuclear-deal. iiIbid iiiRezaei, Farhad. ‘Iran’s Normalization Project: Custodiansand Spoilers | Middle East Policy. Middle East Policy Council, Vol.

XXIV, No. 2, Summer 2017 (2017): 87–101. Washington, DC. http://www.mepc.org/journal/irans-normalization-project-custodians-and-spoilers.ivIbid                                vIbid                                viIbid