Accession Number:

ADA560448

Title:

A Drowning Man's Umbrella Quest: America's Search for Iranian Policy

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2011-04-06

Pagination or Media Count:

84.0

Abstract:

There is an enormous amount of energy dedicated to solving the problem of Iran, yet still the question arises Why cant the United States develop a policy that normalizes relations with Iran Perhaps it is because the answers have been marked by superficial responses. The question of Iran is confused with the outcomes of a successful policy that include access to oil and a non-nuclear Iran. Although these outcomes describe a future U.S.-Iranian relationship, they are little more than stars to steer by for strategists. As a result, initiatives fail during development or their implementation leads to a decline of U.S. regional influence. Based on the historical relationship between the United States and Iran, and the current preferences that orient U.S. policy towards Iran, it is highly probable that the peoples of the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran will engage in a regional war before 2020 if nothing changes in U.S. policy towards Iran.

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Government and Political Science
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE