Must Read Articles This Week

Opinion: A good Iran Deal
By Tom Collina. Good Iran deals come to those who wait. After years of effort, endless plot twists, and highly charged political drama, the United States and its partners have reached a final deal with Iran to shackle its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. It’s a good deal that Congress should support. This deal, like all agreements, is not perfect and will not please everyone. To understand just how important the Iran agreement is, let’s compare life with the deal to life without it. The United States and its partners have delivered a good deal that is a historic win for global security. Congress should support it. It’s time for Congress to rise above partisan politics and act in the best interests of the United States and the world. We have an historic opportunity to verifiably and peacefully prevent an Iranian nuclear bomb. Let’s take it. [7/14, Defense One]

Opinion: An Iran nuclear deal that reduces that chance of war
By The New York Times Editorial Board. The final deal with Iran announced by the United States and other major world powers does what no amount of political posturing and vague threats of military action had managed to do before. It puts strong, verifiable limits on Iran’s ability to develop a nuclear weapon. Agreeing on the nuclear deal is just the first step. Congress gets to review and vote on it. It would be irresponsible to squander this chance to rein in Iran’s nuclear program. [7/14, The New York Times]

Opinion: Peace Wins: Together we changed history
By Jon Rainwater. Today, after a diplomatic path that sometimes felt as endless as a Möbius strip, the P5+1 nations and Iran reached a historic nuclear agreement. The agreement truly represents the biggest diplomatic achievement of the millennium thus far. This day would never have happened without a defense of the diplomatic process against a concerted campaign to thwart diplomacy. The nuclear agreement announced today ensures that Iran will forego the development of nuclear weapons while giving a boost to the Iranian economy through sanctions relief. This is a day for celebrating. This is a day to honor that hard work, intelligence, openness to conflict resolution, and creativity can avert the human tendency towards conflict. [7/14, Peace Action West]

Opinion: A historic agreement
By Ilan Goldenberg and Elizabeth Rosenberg. The nuclear agreement reached in Vienna creates an unprecedented opportunity for the United States to deter Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and increase stability in the Middle East. It is also a far better option than the realistic alternatives. The agreement will create conditions such that it will be extraordinarily difficult for Iran to use its existing facilities to build nuclear weapons without being caught and stopped in time. In the end, a nuclear agreement is a net benefit to America’s national security and far superior to the alternative. It also has the potential to dramatically and positively reshape the international landscape, but only if the United States pursues the right set of policies after a deal to consolidate gains and mitigate risks. [7/14, The Hill]

Opinion: With the nuclear deal, the US and Iran start a new chapter
By Ali Gharib. Diplomacy prevailed over warmongering. These small rays of light shone through the ominous clouds that had hung over the Iranian nuclear crisis for a dozen years. Sadly one cannot ignore the halls of American power entirely, despite their proclivity to ignorance. The deal will, after all, need to pass through a congressional review. The agreement’s opponents may be shocking in their shamelessness, but not their substance. Now there is a deal that without question reduces that grave threat, at least for a long-term period. The forces of reaction, in the United States, in Iran, in Israel, and in the Sunni Arab states, will be furiously advocating for retrenchment. But there’s is a perspective cast into doubt by what has already been achieved so far. A new day has come. [7/14, The Nation]