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?
“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