Wed, Aug 7, 2019

How the Trump Administration can solve its Iran problem

In the News by Atlantic Council

Related Experts: Mathew J. Burrows, Julian Mueller-Kaler,

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To avoid war, ease tensions and solve America’s Iran problem, the Trump administration must break with the conventional wisdom that Tehran is an evil actor only. Notwithstanding the regime‘s vitriolic rhetoric, the revolutionary ideology is losing its attractiveness for the Iranian public. But aggressiveness is the normal reaction from a country that is cornered. Too much is made of Iran as a revolutionary power whose realist side has been under-appreciated.

For The Hill, Dr. Mathew Burrows, Director of the Atlantic Council’s Foresight, Strategy and Risks Initiative, and his Research Associate Julian Mueller-Kaler argue that when circumstances change, strategies need to change, too. They advocate for an approach that would be nothing less than a complete change of U.S. foreign policy towards the Middle East.