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Backing out of the Iran deal hurts Trump’s South Asia strategy

Hassan Rouhani and Narendra Modi
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on February 17, 2018. Photo: Iranian Presidency - Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal with Iran doesn’t only deliver a blow to the global nonproliferation regime and stability in the Middle East. It also poses major risks for Washington’s South Asia strategy.

Why it matters: The administration’s objectives in South Asia include strengthening ties with India and weakening the Taliban in Afghanistan. Scuttling the Iran deal could undercut both goals.