What the Iran-Iraq War Tells Us about the Future of the Iran Nuclear Deal

  title={What the Iran-Iraq War Tells Us about the Future of the Iran Nuclear Deal},
  author={Ariane Mitra Tabatabai and Annie Tracy Samuel},
  journal={International Security},
The 1980–88 Iran-Iraq War stands as the pivotal event for Iran's national security strategy, especially as it pertains to the country's controversial nuclear program. The “imposed war,” as it is known to Iranians, caused Iran to view itself as isolated and on the defensive, striving for self-reliance and survival in what it continues to perceive as an unjust international order. The war has shaped both Iran's strategic outlook generally and its nuclear policies specifically. It was a decisive… 

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