Neu­tral­iz­ing a Threat

Iran in­creas­ingly features at the cen­ter of U.S for­eign pol­icy de­bate. Is the re­la­tion­ship sal­vage­able or is a mil­i­tary strike on a nu­clear am­bi­tious coun­try the best alternative?

Southasia - - Front page - By Reza Khan­zadeh

“A nu­clear Iran is a threat to Is­rael’s and Amer­ica’s na­tional se­cu­rity […] Iran is a state spon­sor of ter­ror­ism.” – Pres­i­dent Obama

As the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran and the United States con­tinue to trade ver­bal jabs on Iran’s nu­clear pro­gram, schol­ars and an­a­lysts are cal­cu­lat­ing the var­i­ous sce­nar­ios that could pos­si­bly play out. Con­ver­sa­tions have been ex­hausted as to whether or not Is­rael will at­tack. How will Iran re­spond? What ef­fects will this have on the re­gion? And, what should Washington do? It is the last ques­tion that is cen­tral to the de­bate. From cy­ber-at­tacks to as­sas­si­na­tions of Ira­nian sci­en­tists, the United States has spear­headed ef­forts to stop Iran’s nu­clear am­bi­tions. Th­ese tac­tics prompt other cru­cial ques­tions, such as what is Washington’s ul­ti­mate goal in Iran? How has this ob­jec­tive dic­tated Amer­i­can strat­egy? And why is Iran con­stantly por­trayed as a threat that is in­creas­ingly be­com­ing the cen­ter

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