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A scuttled deal: Trump has chosen to please core supporters at home, his rich Arab friends and the Israeli regime
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A scuttled deal: Trump has chosen to please core supporters at home, his rich Arab friends and the Israeli regime

Author Gautam Adhikari discusses why President Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal may come with unpredictable consequences felt around the world.

So, President Donald Trump has upended the Iran nuclear deal. An overwhelming majority of analysts, barring a few from the neoconservative shade of the US political spectrum, advised him against doing anything so drastic. Allies in Europe like France, Germany and the UK tried to stop him. But he went ahead. Why? Was the move entirely and typically mindless?

He has been getting out of international agreements in line with his campaign pledges. The US is out of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Paris climate accord. If the tea leaves are right, Trump may one day nix the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta). In fact, such anti-international agreements decisions have hard right domestic logic on their side.

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Authors

Gautam Adhikari

Senior Fellow