Whether Trump’s decision today proves to be the right tonic to finally counter Iran’s multiple threats depends on whether the administration can craft a strategy that is as coherent as today’s action was bold. At the moment, that is not the case.
But the greatest potential threat to France’s optimism would be overreaching on the reform agenda. It would bring the French people out into the streets. Such a scenario could then, as in the previous administrations of Jacques Chirac (1995–2007), Nicol…
…EU) could be dented by German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s inability to form a strong new government. If Merkel’s coalition negotiations with the Social Democratic Party (SPD) require big compromises or significantly reduce her room for maneuver, then her ability to support some of Macron’s proposals for a tighter economic governance of the eurozone could be thwarted.
Handjani: Trump does not have credibility in Iran. With his travel ban, Trump has torn a lot of Iranian families apart; he has decertified the nuclear deal, which has left many Iranians scratching their heads; he has put himself on the side of Saudi Arabia, which says all the problems in the Middle East are Iran’s fault. The less he says about the situation in Iran, the better.
ntion in t…ally needs. People want less intervention in their private lives and they want more social freedom. In many ways these protests are a warning shot as to what could happen if the political elites in Iran don’t self-correct.