The Risk of Miscalculation

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According to U.S. Navy officials, confrontations between American and Iranian naval vessels in the Persian Gulf have risen by roughly 50 percent. This despite the fact that the landmark Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) deal with Iran, which lifted nuclear sanctions on the country, was implemented in January 2016. The Cipher Brief sat down with former Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, to find out why.

The Cipher Brief: Over the past several months, Iranian naval vessels have performed dozens of high-speed intercepts of U.S. naval vessels in the Strait of Hormuz. What are the dangers presented by such maneuvers?  

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