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David Deese

David Deese
Professor of Political Science
Boston College
cell: 603-562-0971

Professor Deese researches the international dimensions of political economic reform in developing, resource based states and the Middle East region in particular; leadership of international bargaining and negotiations; and the interaction of economics and security in US foreign policy. In 2013, he was appointed to the United States Fulbright Program national roster of Fulbright Specialists. He is the author/editor of several books including, Globalization: Causes and Effects; The New Politics of American Foreign Policy and World Trade Politics: Power, Principles, and Leadership.


“The bigger picture is that if a year from now, the hostility of Iranian foreign policy toward the U.S. and the West has mitigated, it could make a huge difference in American foreign policy in the Middle East. I don’t think anyone is expecting that to happen right away but if the domestic political dynamic in Iran begins to look at this and begins to change the outlook toward the U.S., and it does have carryover to a softening of hostility, then in some ways that could be even more important for American foreign policy interests.

“The concern toward the end of the negotiation was even if everyone agrees on the nuclear deal, as the sanctions get lifted, that’s going to open up access to a lot of funds that the Iranians have had frozen. There’s going to be more money for them and the question is, ‘Where does that money go?’ The concern was they start buying more conventional weapons, ballistic missile technology, applying it themselves in hotspots in the Middle East and maybe even selling it.

“I’m impressed the U.S. and the West won the agreement to keep the conventional arms sanctions in place - that’s extremely important. So the real outcome on this I think is going to be,  how does Iran use the new resources there that are coming in over the next year as this deal gets implemented?  It would be a huge breakthrough if the investment works to improve the quality of life for their people and they don’t pour a bunch of money into the hotspots of the Middle East where we are most concerned.”



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