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A Post-Deal Primer on Iran

Despite the buildup and debate around the negotiations of the Obama administration’s deal with Iran, it’s no longer a negotiation. Now that a deal is in place, we’re at day one in a process that will surely entail ups and downs in the short and the long term. As we think about what comes next, here are seven things you should read to stay informed about that process and how it’s going.

The Middle East after the U.S.-Iran nuclear deal: A look back from next year, By Suzanne DiMaggio, Foreign Policy

What could happen in the near future for U.S.- Iran relations? Some minor missteps, but engagement on issues like ISIS and Afghanistan.

Why the Iran Deal Makes Obama's Critics So Angry, By Peter Beinart, The Atlantic

The nuclear agreement highlights the limits of American power—something the president’s opponents won’t accept.

An Iran Deal, At Last, By Robin Wright, The New Yorker

The Iran agreement is the Obama Administration’s boldest foreign-policy initiative. Now everyone has to sell it.

A Conversation with H.E. Dr. Mohamed Javad Zarif, NYU Center for International Cooperation and New America

Iran’s foreign minister, a key player in the deal, spoke with David Ignatius of the Washington Post about the negotiations and beyond.

Big Loser in Any Nuclear Deal with Iran May be Russia, By Agnia Grigas and Amir Handjani, Reuters

Competition between Moscow and Tehran would reduce Russia’s influence in the Middle East, unlock Iran and may even serve Europe’s future interest as it looks for alternatives to Russian gas.

The Four Dates That Will Make or Break the Iran Deal, By Shane Harris and Christopher Dickey, The Daily Beast

Nobody thinks the Iran nuclear deal is good, but it might be enough to make the world a little safer. Here’s when we’ll know if it worked.

An Iran Deal Won't Stabilize the Messy Middle East — but Maybe Arab States Can, By Tamara Cofman Wittes, Brookings Institution

Iran’s regional troublemaking is likely to worsen, regardless of a deal. Arab governments can turn the tide of regional chaos.