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.
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About the Author
Kenneth M. Pollack is director of research at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. His books include A Path out of the Desert: A Grand Strategy for America in the Middle East (Random House). Daniel L. Byman is a senior fellow at the Saban Center, director of the Center for Peace and Security Studies at Georgetown University, and author of The Five Front War: The Better Way to Fight Global Jihad (Wiley). Martin Indyk is director of the Saban Center, former U.S. ambassador to Israel, and the author of Innocent Abroad: An Intimate Account of American Peace Diplomacy in the Middle East (Simon&Schuster). Suzanne Maloney is a senior fellow at the Saban Center. She has worked on the State Department's Policy Planning Staff where she provided analysis of Middle East issues. Michael E. O'Hanlon is a senior fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at Brookings and author of Budgeting for Hard Power (Brookings).
Saban Center Senior Fellow Bruce Riedel served as chairman of President Obama's Strategic Review of U.S. Policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan and is the author of The Search for al Qaeda (Brookings).
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Trouble with Tehran: U.S. Policy Options toward Iran 1
Part I Dissuading Tehran: The Diplomatic Options 29
1 An Offer Iran Shouldn't Refuse: Persuasion 31
2 Tempting Tehran: The Engagement Option 57
Part II Disarming Tehran: The Military Options 83
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
Part III Toppling Tehran: Regime Change 141
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
Part IV Deterring Tehran: Containment 179
9 Accepting the Unacceptable: Containment 183
Conclusion: Crafting an Integrated Iran Policy: Connecting the Options 201