Washington, D.C. —(ENEWSPF)–November 18, 2014. After a four-month extension, the latest round of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program is scheduled to conclude on November 24. The outcome of these negotiations is still an open question, but in anticipation of the deadline, the Center for American Progress has released an issue brief outlining the three most likely scenarios that could come out of the negotiations and what they mean for the United States, Iran, the Middle East, and the wider world.
Authored by former Israeli Brigadier General Shlomo Brom, who is now serving as a CAP Visiting Fellow, the brief offers the three most likely scenarios for the conclusion of the talks. They include the potential—though unlikely—final deal between the P5+1 countries and Iran, the complete failure of the talks, or another extension that would allow for further negotiations in the future.
“It is impossible to know right now what the outcome of the negotiations will be even this close to the deadline, but negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program have been a long, complex process replete with several extensions,” said Brom. “Some, including Iran’s president, have expressed optimism over the talks, though the likelihood of a final deal coming together at the 11th hour is still slim. The United States and its allies in the region need to be prepared for any outcome from the November 24 deadline.”
The brief outlines the three most likely scenarios once the negotiations reach their self-imposed deadline next week and what their impacts will be, and it suggests policy recommendations for each scenario.