Asan in the News

[tbs eFM]  2015-7-20

“Iran’s Nuclear Deal”

* tbs eFM Primetime Talk (2015.7.20)

Q1. Do you believe this is a genuine step towards change in Iran’s conservative, theocratic regime or do they have other purposes in mind?

Q2. Is there a lot of domestic friction and disagreement between the reformists, hardline clerics and other factions in Iran that could potentially scupper the deal?

Q3. Do you feel that perhaps the West has disassociated the nuclear issue from that of Iran’s destabilizing role in places like Syria and Lebanon? Why wasn’t Iran’s involvement in those regions included as part of the negotiations?

Q4. Do you believe that sanctions should be re-imposed if Iran uses the economic windfall from the deal to continue providing financial and military support to groups like Hezbollah and the Assad regime?

Q5. How damaging is the deal to U.S-Israeli relations? How credible is the increased security threat to Israel that could stem from the agreement?

Q6. Likewise, how are the Sunni-majority Saudis worried over the prospects of Iran’s emergence as a stronger regional player, especially in the oil market?

Q7. By going against their traditional allies in Saudi Arabia and Israel and dealing with a long-time adversary in Iran, does this represent a significant change in U.S policies in the region?

Q8. Do you believe this deal will hold up and pave a solid path towards friendly relations with the U.S, or are there too many obstacles involved that could set back the clock?

About Experts

Jang Ji-Hyang
Jang Ji-Hyang

Center for Regional Studies

Dr. JANG Ji-Hyang is a senior fellow and director of the Center for Middle East and North Africa at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Dr. Jang served as a policy advisor on Middle East issues to South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2012-2018). Previously, Dr. Jang taught comparative and Middle East politics at Seoul National University, Yonsei University, Ewha Woman’s University, and the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. Her research interests include political economy of the Middle East and North Africa, political Islam, comparative democratization, terrorism, and state-building. Dr. Jang is the author of numerous books and articles, including The Arab Spring: Will It Lead to Democratic Transitions?(with Clement M. Henry (eds.), Palgrave Macmillan 2013), “Disaggregated ISIS and the New Normal of Terrorism” (Asan Issue Brief 2016), “Islamic Fundamentalism” (International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences 2008), and a Korean translation of Fawaz Gerges’ Journey of the Jihadist: Inside Muslim Militancy (Asan Institute 2011). Dr. Jang received a B.A. in Turkish studies and M.A. in political science from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Texas at Austin.