International relations expert discusses the nuclear deal negotiations

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WHNT News 19's Steve Johnson discusses the Iranian nuclear deal with Dr. Kathy Hawk of UAH

Huntsville, Ala (WHNT) – There will be no shortage of conversation in the coming weeks about the nuclear deal with Iran.  It is an international negotiation that will hopefully curb the Iran nuclear weapons program.  A lot of congressmen do not like the deal and are avidly voicing their opinions.  Dr. Kathy Hawk is an expert in international relations.  Dr. Hawk is the Director of the Global Initiative at the University of Alabama, Huntsville.  She is also an active member of the Navy Reserve in the intelligence field and will soon be deployed to Cuba for a tour of duty.  This week, Dr. Hawk stopped by WHNT News 19 to give her perspective on the upcoming negotiations.

This is not the first time that the US has entered a controversial negotiation.  “Probably every international deal the US thinks about entering is controversial,”  Dr. Hawk speculates.  “On some level and there’s always people who think we could have gotten a better deal and others think this is as good a deal as we’re going to get.  But on the Iran deal there’s a lot of questions about was this as good as we could do.  And part of this is inevitably going to be a political question. Part of it is partisan because it’s a political election cycle and people are gearing up for the election cycle. But part of it is the genuine belief.  Do we negotiate with adversaries, or do you take a hard line and that’s where people who tend to think we should cooperate internationally and we should talk to people and build in mechanisms, because you don’t sign an agreement with people you trust. You sign an agreement with people you don’t trust, and then you hope you can establish mechanisms where you hope you can work toward an objective. But, so you know there are sincere differences over how we go about conducting ourselves.  But I think the Obama Administration has concluded over the longer run, we are better off signing this deal than not, and that is essentially the bottom line.”

There are many dissenters of this deal, but there are many people who believe this agreement will lead Iran to become a more engaged member of world politics.  Kathy Hawk believes that, “You know almost everybody would like to think that by signing this agreement this is a first step in re-engaging Iran and welcoming them back into the fold, and changing the nature of the Iranian regime and government and people.  I don’t think that’s realistic. I mean on some level we need to start talking. But there’s no reason to believe that Iran is going to change the government that’s in place. In many ways it’s one of the most stable governments in the region.  We can hope we work to engage and gain trust going forward, but this is not going to change everything. This is simply a deal on the nuclear program to forestall things for about ten years.”

Watch our entire conversation with Kathy Hawk in three parts here: