Is There a Silver Lining to the Iran Deal?

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Despite all the debate on the merits of the Iran nuclear deal, one thing is abundantly clear: the Middle East is changing in ways that could not have been imagined a decade ago. The re-emergence of Iran from a 36-year deep freeze will change the regional balance of power, force new realignments, and create new opportunities for the United States.

This historic change won’t happen overnight, and observers in the U.S. and the region would do well to let reason—not emotion, partisan politics, or religious fanaticism—guide their analysis of the deal.  A new Middle East might be emerging, but an apocalypse isn’t around the corner.  A Shia Iran won’t sweep across the Sunni region like the Mongols did in the 13th century or the Ottomans did in the 16th century.  

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