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After a preliminary deal with Iran was announced earlier this month, Jessica T. Mathews, the former president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, wrote in the New York Review of Books that any final agreement should be seen as only the beginning of a process for achieving a nonnuclear Iran.

“Those who worry that a deal with Iran will entail some risk should remember that preventing nuclear proliferation almost never happens in a single leap,” she wrote. “Countries change direction slowly. International rules and norms are built up brick by brick over years. Technical capacities to monitor and political expectations are gradually but steadily strengthened.”

A few weeks before the agreement was announced, Prof. Edieal Pinker examined the negotiations through a game theory lens.

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