What motivated President Donald Trump’s unilateral decision to withdraw the United States from JCPoA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) on Iran nuclear weapons program? Why did the European signatories to the deal fail to persuade Trump to abide by the deal? What role did Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman and the Bush-era neocons play in this decision?
How will the Trump decision impact Iran’s stability? Will the hardliners on all sides be emboldened? Will the US, Israel, and Arabs succeed in bringing about a “regime change” in Iran? Will Iran’s economic stress turn the Iranian people against the powerful clerics led by Ayatollah Khamenei?
How will Iran respond to the threat from US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel? Will Iran step up proxy wars against the US in Afghanistan and the Middle East? How will these events affect Pakistan? Will there be a renewed intensified sectarian war in Pakistan? Will India’s efforts to bypass Pakistan to reach Central Asia via Chabahar suffer a setback?
Viewpoint From Overseas host Faraz Darvesh discusses these questions with Misbah Azam and Riaz Haq (www.riazhaq.com)
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