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Published on: July 30, 2015
The Iran Deal
It’s the Deterrence, Stupid

The President says this is the best deal available. He’s right; it’s the best deal he could get—absent a credible threat to use force.

Michael Mandelbaum is the Christian A. Herter Professor of American Foreign Policy at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington. His history of post-Cold War American foreign policy, Mission Failure: America and the World, 1993–2014, will be published next year by Oxford University Press.
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