The defenders of President Donald Trump’s Iran policy maintain that the “maximum pressure” campaign is working. They argue that not only is an Iran under pressure less able to undermine the interests of the US and its allies in the Middle East, but that this strategy is resulting in new geopolitical realities. They point to the recent Israel-UAE agreement as evidence. Critics of the “maximum pressure” campaign disagree and claim there is little evidence that Washington has been able to reshape Iran’s regional ambitions. This panel will look at these topics and examine where Iran and Israel stand vis-à-vis each other and specifically consider ways the US and allies can seek to address Tehran’s rejection of Israel as a fellow UN member state.
Chief executive, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Senior research fellow, Meir Ezri Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies
Senior research fellow, Institute for Policy and Strategy, Mitvim Institute
Gerald Feierstein, moderator
Vice president, Middle East Institute
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