Last week there was widespread optimism that a deal on Iran’s nuclear program was close. Now a less enthusiastic tone has emerged, especially from Western negotiators, and a key problem appears to be how much and how fast sanctions relief will come.
The Iran Tracker Blog is produced by American Enterprise Institute Resident Fellow J. Matthew McInnis and the Critical Threats Project. The blog highlights the most salient news stories of the previous week, analyzes the larger themes, and provides an outlook for future Iranian developments. Regular analysis will be posted below.
The Obama administration has often responded to crises of confidence in its foreign policy by treating unease and skepticism among international allies and partners, and among critics at home, as a messaging problem. It has interpreted failure to secure buy-in or cooperation as a failure to communicate effectively, rather than as a potential sign of flawed substance.