The United States and Iran: Prospects for Normalization.
Strategy research rept.,
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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For the United States, Iran has been transformed from a major strategic asset into a significant strategic threat. The US has broken diplomatic relations with Iran and attempted, with mixed results, to punish it economically, isolate it politically, and deter it militarily. This confrontational approach is no longer in the US national interest and recent changes in Iran offer an opportunity to improve the US-Iranian relationship. Progress will depend on mutual perceptions of shared interests, the outcome of Irans internal political struggle, and the ability of the US to respond rationally to positive signs from Iran. Even then, normalization will not come quickly or easily. It will require steady, long-term US effort and will be complicated by two decades of hostility and by domestic political dynamics in both countries that hinder rational policy debate.
- Government and Political Science