JCPOA, a Model for Resolving Middle East Crises

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Mehdi Jokar
Ph.D. Student of Middle East Studies, University of Tehran

Some 27 months after the beginning of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries under new Iranian administration, the day for the implementation of Iran’s nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Program of Action (JCPOA), finally arrived and the negotiating sides issued a statement about its implementation and removal of sanctions that had been imposed on Iran. This development opened a new chapter in the political history of the Middle East, which raised new hope about dominance of a new approach of dialogue and negotiations over war and conflict in this region.

An accurate review of the outcomes of the implementation of JCPOA and its impact on the order and security in the Middle East would show that this agreement helped the Middle East region get rid of an unnecessary crisis, which was used by some countries to promote their warmongering goals in order to destabilize the region. It also stripped warmongers of their excuses to continue with their crisis stoking policies.

During recent years, pursuit of policies that led to the escalation of tensions by some countries under the excuse of countering Iran’s regional power led to even more fragility of regional security and order in the Middle East. The result of these policies could be seen in the escalation of instability in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, and Palestine. Within this framework, some influential and stakeholder groups helped intensify conflicts in the Middle East and by taking advantage of their vast lobby in media sphere and within political structure of the Western countries, especially the United States, beat the drums of war in a bid to counter the imaginary threat of a nuclear Iran.

The implementation of JCPOA not only meant victory of diplomatic approach over warmongering, but will also liberate part of the political energy that was spent on this unnecessary crisis, which can then be used to reduce regional tensions and further limit the scope and level of crises in the Middle East.

The main outcome of this issue is marginalization of warmongering efforts by countries like Saudi Arabia and Israel, which incessantly beat the drums against Iran’s nuclear program during this period. It was under the cover of such propaganda that they justified their warmongering policies and tried to recruit new allies in the region.

Now that Iran’s nuclear issue has been resolved and the Middle East region is out of the shadow of an unnecessary crisis, it is the best opportunity to pursue a policy of détente and adopt a political approach in order to resolve the existing crises in the Middle East, in particular the crises in Syria and Yemen. Under new conditions, the member states of the global community are putting more emphasis on the positive and constructive role of Iran in solving crises in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia and Israel, which have so far continued their regional adventurism through support of the West, especially the United States, will not have the past support of the West for their tension stoking policies following the implementation of JCPOA. This is why shortly after the severance of diplomatic relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the United States expressed concern about this issue and announced that this situation can increase tensions in the Middle East.

Therefore, one may claim that reduced support of the West for tension stoking policies of its regional allies in the Middle East concurrent with the confirmation of Iran’s positive role in resolution of crises in this region can create a new atmosphere in the Middle East, and the first step toward achievement of this goal has been already taken through the implementation of JCPOA.

Key WordsJCPOA, Model, Middle East, Crises, P5+1, Implementation, Outcomes, Tensions, Instability, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, Palestine, Jokar

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA)
Translated By: Iran Review.Org

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