Alireza Nader is a senior international policy analyst at the RAND Corporation and author of The Days After a Deal With Iran: Continuity and Change in Iranian Foreign Policy. His research has focused on Iran's political dynamics, elite decisionmaking, and Iranian foreign policy.
Iranians overwhelmingly support the nuclear deal, seeing it as opening up the possibility for more economic cooperation and dialogue with the West and improving the prospects for democratic reform in Iran.
The authors warn that a rejection of the Iran nuclear deal would "send the wrong message, not only to Iran but also to America’s closest allies, and it would not serve American interests in the region."
The author argues that the endemic corruption and waste in Iran means that the expected sanctions windfall will not be directed towards expanding Iran's funding of militants but flow towards the elites, meaning "more mansions and Ferraris on Tehran’s streets."
The author argues that trying to include discussion of Iran's foreign policy into the nuclear negotiations would be a mistake but "diplomatic resolution of the nuclear issue can allow
Washington more room to deal with Iran’s regional influence, either through further diplomatic engagement, economic pressure or enticement, military deterrence, or a combination of all of the above."