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2) “The U.S.-Iran conflict is often portrayed in the media as one that involves two flawed actors struggling for supremacy on a complex West Asian stage”. Critically analyse.(250 words)

Topic: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.

2) “The U.S.-Iran conflict is often portrayed in the media as one that involves two flawed actors struggling for supremacy on a complex West Asian stage”. Critically analyse.(250 words)

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Why this question:

More than a year ago, the U.S. unilaterally abrogated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). After this, the U.S. began to squeeze the Iranian economy using sanctions. The latest round of sanctions was announced in June 2019.Post this, Iran announced that it had exceeded a limit set by the JCPOA on its stockpile of nuclear fuel.

Key demand of the question:

The answer must bring out the prevailing situation between US-Iran. Factors responsible for the conflict between the two and what needs to be done to address the challenge.

Directive:

Critically analyzeWhen asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgement.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Briefly narrate the ongoing conflict with some background of the issue.

Body:

One can explain that a closer look of the situation reveals a simpler underlying reality that the Donald Trump administration is using the U.S.’s clout in an old-fashioned attempt to assert the country’s hegemony; Iran is just doing whatever it can to resist U.S. pressure.

Then provide a brief history of relations between the two countries.

Discuss about the impact the conflict has on India and what should be the way forward.

Conclusion:

What needs to be done to resolve the conflict and in what way India should absorb the possible repercussions.

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