Manual Taking on Iran: Strength, Diplomacy, and the Iranian Threat (Hoover Institution Press Publications)

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Rethinking Strategy To make progress in resolving the larger situation with Iran the U. First it needs to reassess the nature of the conflict, a conflict that has multiple layers and issues. Second the U. Is the U. While the U.

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Third, there is a need to shift strategy. The strategy ways needs to fit the nature of the conflict, one that includes multiple layers and multiple issues and involves a spectrum of threats.

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In addition to hard power in the form of negotiation, sanctions and military threats, the U. For several days the president was silent.

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When he did speak up, he equivocated. Many were tortured. Many are still incarcerated. The Green Movement with its potential to bring about some degree of regime change or at a minimum some degree of regime modification in the direction of a more democratic state was crushed, at least temporarily. The president clearly lost an opportunity. But the regime is already doing so.

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Outsiders should act to strengthen the opposition and to deepen rifts among the rulers. As a first step, the administration needs to revise the idea that regime change in Lagon, Mark P. April 5, Obama, Barack. June 15, At the same time, the concept of regime change cannot simply be relegated to the trash bin of failed policies.


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As Reisman himself observes, international law does not simply guarantee sovereignty. It also guarantees human rights. As Kenneth Pollack has pointed out, Iran does not moderate when the pressure is off but when it is high. Hudson Lecture.


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    See Stephen D. First, we need to reassess the nature of the conflict. The problem is not just the potential for Iran to develop a nuclear weapon. Second, we need to reexamine whether ends, ways and means are consistent and connected in the context of a larger strategy and the center of gravity in Iran.

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    The means the U. Third, the U. The notion that hard bargaining is the only alternative to the stark choice between accepting a nuclear Iran and preemptively striking its nuclear facilities is a false dichotomy. In particular, the U. Schuster, Related Papers. Preview this item Preview this item. View all subjects More like this Similar Items.

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      New Releases. Description The threat posed by Iran to international peace and security is approaching a crisis. After compiling a thirty-year record as the world's most active supporter of terrorism, Iran seems determined to develop nuclear weapons. In Taking on Iran, Abraham D. Sofaer argues that US policy toward Iran cannot be restricted to a strategy based on the two costly and potentially ineffective options of attacking Iran's nuclear programme or containing a nuclear-armed Iran.

      Economic sanctions and ineffective diplomacy have failed to convince Iran to abandon its nuclear arms ambitions. Sofaer explains that the United States should add to the pressure on Iran, going beyond economic sanctions and responding forcefully to Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps IRGC aggression, increasing the likelihood that Iran will negotiate in earnest and enabling the United States to engage Iran in the disciplined manner required for success.

      The author outlines thirty years of IRGC aggression and the corresponding thirty years of US weakness by both Republican and Democratic administrations. Drawing from experience in dealing with the Soviet Union during the Reagan administration, he demonstrates that combining strength and diplomacy is the option most likely to convince Iran to comply with international law without either the war necessary to end Iran's nuclear programme or the danger in attempting to contain Iran after it acquires nuclear weapons.

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