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

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

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ISBN-13: 9780815703792
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
Publication date: 10/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 241
File size: 352 KB

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

Preface vii

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

Notes 217

Authors 227

Index 231

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