0136 GMT January 23, 2021
Once the international community leaves behind the ill-fated Trump era, the world will, once again, witness the rapid promotion of multilateralism as well as positive and constructive cooperation.
The revival and preservation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed between Iran and the P5+1 in July 2015, can be the first step toward the revival of multilateralism.
In other words, confronting Donald Trump’s destructive and selfish unilateralism, which was acting against an emerging multilateral world order within the international system, has been the main issue of the global dispute with him over the past few years.
Following his entry into the White House, Trump immediately targeted the JCPOA as a symbol of multilateralism and a successful effort toward promoting it.
It is crystal clear that, at present, with Trump’s days in the White House numbered, the revival of the JCPOA, as the most important global responsibility and priority, must be placed on the world leaders’ agenda.
This comes as calling the JCPOA dead is a common practice among all those who are against the agreement across the globe.
A few days ago, Wendy Sherman, the US lead negotiator on the Iran nuclear deal between 2011 and 2015, admitted that the JCPOA is barely hanging on by a thread. Thus, any imprudence by any of the parties to the deal can prepare the ground for the total and eternal failure of the historical agreement.
Europe and, in particular, Germany, can play the most prominent role in preserving the JCPOA. Berlin, as Europe’s leader, can be the vanguard of efforts to revive the deal.
In the post-Trump era, the international community is impatiently waiting for those who structured the deal to prove their wisdom and fulfill their responsibilities. The world wants to see a different function and approach in the absence of Trump’s unilateralism.
* Hossein Ziaee is an Iranian freelance columnist.