U.S. and Iran approach nuclear deal for a reduction of sanctions / by Shay Lari-Hosain

Robert Einhorn, a senior fellow with the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative at the Brookings Institution, wrote an op-ed in the New York Times on Feb. 26 advocating for a diplomatic settlement between Iran and the U.S. During the Clinton administration, Einhorn was the Assistant Secretary for Non-Proliferation at the State Department, and during the Obama administration he was the Secretary of State’s Special Advisor for Nonproliferation and Arms Control.

“The Gulf Arab states are less focused on the specific elements of the nuclear deal than they are on what they think may be the implications,” Einhorn told me. “They’re concerned that there will be a shift in our allegiances in the region that will put greater importance on relying on Iran’s goodwill, distanc[ing] ourselves from our traditional allies. I don’t think that’s at all the intention of the Obama administration.”