In late February, President Biden ordered an air-strike on Iran-backed militias in Syria. The week before, the Biden administration joined with European partners in offering to begin talks with Iran for the first time in four years. However, when Tehran told the United States it wanted the devastating Trump-era sanctions lifted before showing up to the negotiation table, the Biden administration said no deal.
At face value, Joe Biden seems to be exacting tougher policy on Tehran than was expected of an administration operating in the shadow of the Obama-era nuclear deal.
Even Jared Kushner, a former senior adviser to President Trump and one of the main architects of the Abraham Accords, commended the Biden administration’s Iranian approach in an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal this week. The piece encouraged the new administration to continue leading with strength in the often unstable region.