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It is unfortunate that so few international agreements have been reached in recent years. During a period when great-power competition has generally trumped cooperation, two significant exceptions – the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate agreement – offer hope that formalized, multilateral responses to global challenges are still possible.In 2005, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's election as president of Iran marked a turning point.Iran's nuclear program advanced rapidly, even as its people suffered under heavy economic sanctions.Of course, there were vocal critics in the U.S. who did not welcome the agreement, or the prospect of negotiating with Iran at all.Opponents of the deal offered three main reasons for rejecting it: Iran could never be trusted to fulfill its commitments; the agreement would unacceptably elevate Iran's regional status; and Iran did not deserve the time of day.In the year since the JCPOA was implemented, has Iran fulfilled its commitments? To be sure, many of us had hoped that the agreement would noticeably improve Iran's relations with its neighbors and the U.S. and that has not happened.
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