Accession Number:

ADA470409

Title:

United States Policy Toward Iran: Avoiding Miscalculation

Descriptive Note:

Strategy research project

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2007-03-28

Pagination or Media Count:

28.0

Abstract:

At no other time in the last 27 years have Iran and the U.S. been poised to take such prolific opposing action. The current nuclear stalemate between the two is a two edged sword offering a confrontation thats a lose-lose situation for both or perhaps, a window of opportunity to meaningful dialogue. United States policy options dealing with Iran must employ all elements of national power, but the main effort should focus on diplomacy, not military force. Given an estimated timeline of 5-10 years before Iran has enough material and know-how to build a bomb, the best approach to dealing with Iran is through diplomacy. The future stability of the Middle East depends upon both Tehrans and Washingtons willingness to take advantage of this opportunity for meaningful reconciliation. United States policy in the Middle East must focus on containing Iran through bilateral diplomacy supported by China and Russia. Irans pursuit of nuclear energy along with a capability to produce nuclear weapons has fueled a fire in the international community that is approaching a tipping point.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE