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How Iran deal could bring multilateralism to Middle East

As the Joint Cooperative Plan of Action comes into effect, the region could see the emergence of a new era of greater cooperation by all regional actors, including Iran.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) and his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Moualem walk before they start a meeting in Tehran August 5, 2015. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem arrived in Tehran on Tuesday for talks with officials from allies Iran and Russia that are expected to focus on efforts to end the civil war in his country. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/TIMA ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT,

The full implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) struck by Iran and six world powers July 14 will have a great impact on Iran-US relations. It will diminish the existing mutual sense of threat between the two countries, and that change will be reflected in regional policies. The idea of collective action to solve regional issues will be strengthened and an era of multilateralism will consequentially emerge in the region.

The JCPOA has primarily served to solve a strategic discrepancy between Iran and the United States. Since Washington is the most significant extra-regional actor in the region, the deal will greatly affect regional political-security equations, especially regarding the future role and participation of Iran.

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