One of a series of RAND perspectives on what Middle East and U.S. policy might look like in "the days after a deal", this perspective examines the possible effects on Iranian foreign policy stemming from a final nuclear agreement between Iran and the United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, and Germany (the P5+1). More specifically, it details President Hassan Rouhani's likely hopes for a post-deal foreign policy, the domestic constraints on his goals, and how a final deal might affect Iran's relations with Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey, and, finally, the United States.
The research described in this report was conducted jointly within the International Security and Defense Policy Center of the RAND National Security Research Division and the Center for Middle East Public Policy (CMEPP), part of International Programs at the RAND Corporation.
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