Iran’s Nuclear Deal (JCPOA): Threats and Opportunities for the Regional Peace and Security

Abstract

In July 2015, the Iranian government and the six global powers, the US, UK, China, Russia, France, and Germany, after a long phase (almost 20 months) of passionate discussions and deliberations, reached a nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and it aimed to end the nuclear stalemate regarding Iran’s nuclear quest. This study investigated the challenges and opportunities originating from JCPOA for the Persian Gulf, using two aspects of SWOT analysis. It was discovered through quantitative and qualitative data that JCPOA has more prospective to be opportunities for regional peace and security.

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    Iranian government occupied the three islands, situated in the strategically significant, strait of Hhormuz, after the UK withdrawal from the Persian Gulf region in early 1970s, see Al-Mazrouei, 2015, 3˗ 4, for further detail of this issue. These three islands are Greater and Lesser Tunb, and Abu Musa. For further details, see Richard Rousseau, Strait of Hormuz: Iran’s Bluff and the West’s Fears. Can be accessed at: https://www.opendemocracy.net/richard-rousseau/strait-of-hormuz-iran%E2%80%99s-bluff-and-west%E2%80%99sfears (accessed on March 10, 2019).

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Javed, H., Ismail, M. Iran’s Nuclear Deal (JCPOA): Threats and Opportunities for the Regional Peace and Security. Chin. Polit. Sci. Rev. (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s41111-020-00174-x

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Keywords

  • Iran’s nuclear deal
  • Persian gulf
  • Nuclear proliferation
  • Iranian supremacy
  • Middle East