Why a U.S.-Iran friendship is just wishful thinking

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Rapprochement between Iran and the United States centers around the idea of shared threats. Iran, like the United States, has been forced to reckon with the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. And both the U.S. and Iran are threatened by growing instability in Yemen. A working relationship over these issues might be the key to solving them, the thinking goes. But shared threats are not the same as shared interests.  

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Justin Lynch is an adjunct editorial fellow at New America, and a journalist based in South Sudan.