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On May 8, President Donald Trump announced that the United States was pulling out of the 2015 deal with Iran and other countries to limit the Iranian nuclear program. This deal was designed to slow anddelay Iran’s efforts to build anuclear weapon by lifting economic sanctions on that country in exchange for a number of actions aimed at shutting downits uranium enrichment e ortsand related programs.

The decision by the Trump Administration seems to have been prompted more by demagoguery and hatred towards anything President Barack Obama did, than by reason. In fact, America’s European allies tried everything in their power to prevent the U.S. from pulling out from the accord. Besides increasing volatility and uncertainty in the Middle East, this action will have a number of unintended consequences on academia.


This work was originally published in The Edwardsville Intelligencer.



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