Closed-door nuclear talks in Geneva on November 20, 2013 Fabrice Coffrini/Getty Images

An Agenda for US-Iran Negotiations

The US cannot continue to base its policy toward Iran – a huge country with more than 80 million people, a growing economy, and strong regional influence – on sanctions and vitriol. Instead, it should pursue bilateral negotiations that get to the heart of the mistrust and antagonism between the two countries.

DENVER – US President Donald Trump has decided not to certify that Iran is in compliance with the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the agreement constraining Iran’s nuclear-weapons program. In effect, Trump has challenged the US Congress to do what is normally the executive branch’s responsibility: create foreign policy.