Which Path to Persia?: Options for a New American Strategy toward Iran

Which Path to Persia?: Options for a New American Strategy toward Iran

by Kenneth M. Pollack, Daniel L. Byman, Martin S. Indyk, Suzanne Maloney
     
 

Crafting a new policy toward Iran is a complicated, uncertain, and perilous challenge. Since it is an extremely complex society, with an opaque political system, it is no wonder that the United States has not yet figured out the puzzle that is Iran. With the clock ticking on Iran's pursuit of nuclear capabilities, solving this puzzle is more urgent than ever.

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Overview

Crafting a new policy toward Iran is a complicated, uncertain, and perilous challenge. Since it is an extremely complex society, with an opaque political system, it is no wonder that the United States has not yet figured out the puzzle that is Iran. With the clock ticking on Iran's pursuit of nuclear capabilities, solving this puzzle is more urgent than ever.

In Which Path to Persia? a group of experts with the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings lays out the courses of action available to the United States. What are the benefits and drawbacks of airstrikes? Can engagement be successful? Is regime change possible? In answering such questions, the authors do not argue for one approach over another. Instead, they present the details of the policies so that readers can understand the complexity of the challenge and decide for themselves which course the
United States should take.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815703419
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
07/13/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
241
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction The trouble with Tehran : U.S. policy options toward Iran 1

1 An offer Iran shouldn't refuse : persuasion 31

2 Tempting Tehran : the engagement option 57

3 Going all the way : invasion 87

4 The Osiraq option : airstrikes 103

5 Leave it to Bibi : allowing or encouraging an Israeli military strike 125

6 The velvet revolution : supporting a popular uprising 143

7 Inspiring an insurgency : supporting Iranian minority and opposition groups 157

8 The coup : supporting a military move against the regime 170

9 Accepting the unacceptable : containment 183

Conclusion Crafting an integrated Iran policy : connecting the options 201

Notes 217

Authors 227

Index 231

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