ISLAMABAD: Pakistan should see Iran nuclear deal as an opportunity at the regional level. This was stated by Dr. Farahat Haque, Professor Monmouth College, Illinois in her exclusive talk on ‘The Iran Nuclear Agreement and U.S. Domestic Politics,’ at SDPI, Thursday.
She said the Iran nuclear agreement is one of the most significant events of this decade and will have crucial ramifications for regional balance of power as is clear by the strong opposition to the deal by Israel and Saudi Arabia. In her presentation she claimed that the nuclear deal may finally put to rest the Bush doctrine, which prided itself on unilateral projection of power. Professor Haq said, now it was about time that Pakistan should paly positive role in keeping friction low between Iranand Saudi Arabia. Iran should be integrated back into the international community.
The deal was inevitable, as P-5 nations, including Russia and China were prepared to go alone on it. The deal will have a profound impact on U.S. foreign policy and domestic politics. She said, the deal has been pushed through an ‘Executive Order,’ and not have a status as a treaty, since the Republican dominated Congress would not pass it. Now it will be sent to the congress where, it is likely to be rejected. The President may veto the congressional decision and carry on the deal under the ‘Executive Umbrella.’
She termed wars in Middle east, especially the Iraq war, as a gross mistake. She said, in Southern Iraq Shia community was mobilized against Saddam Hussain for a regime change. But now it is clear that it was a mistake.
She said, President Obama was awarded Noble Peace prize in 2009, which he has now earned by signing the Iran Nuclear Deal. Earlier, Dr Zarina Salamat introduced Professor as an academician, who has progressed in discipline, and has earned reputation as an independent scholar. NNI