As Michael Axworthy states on the back cover of his book, A History of Iran: Empire of the Mind, Iran is a “land of contradictions”. As this is true these contradictions is what makes Iran, Iran. Iran today is looked as the pinnacle of the Islamic faith in the form
In the year 2014, The United States and Iran are considering working together in order to put a stop to the threats posed by the militant group, Isis. This is a big step for the two countries since just in 2013, the United States threatened to use force against
Iran’s government by definition is considered to be theocratic since it is ultimately controlled by a single religious leader; Ayatollah Ali Hoseini-Khamenei. Although Iran has an elected president, Hassan Rouhani, the supreme leader/ayatollah controls the military, state broadcasting services and the judicial sector. The Islamic Republic of Iran, previously known as Persia, first established diplomatic ties with the United States in 1883. Many people do not understand the importance, significance, and/or second and third order effects of U.S.-Iranian relations, although important. As mentioned in an article by Akhilesh Pillalamarri, “Iran is uniquely poised to help stabilize the region,” likely through its current circumstances and shared international interests. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to describe the significance past and present of Iran to the United States and the second and third order effects, furthermore providing predictive analysis concerning the overall significance. Secondly, assessing and discussing how Iran impacts the Middle East in all aspects while providing analysis into the second and third order effects. Lastly, this paper will formulate a clear and concise short and long term predictive assessment on Iran, with a clear picture of the future intelligence value of the country.
The relationship between the West and Iran has been notoriously rocky. Several main factors accumulating at the beginning in the 20th century have led to a perfect storm of religion, imperialism and radicalism that have come together to create the Islamic Republic of Iran that was built primarily on anti-Americanism. How did this happen and why is this republic so anti-American? The Islamic Republic is built upon a revolutionary type of anti-Americanism that can be “found among opposition groups seeking to overthrow regimes closely identified with the United States; attacking such regimes thus involves attacking the United States.”
The Supreme Leader, President, and the Head of Expediency Council have shown cooperation to maintain the stability. The come together and place their differences aside. As stated previously, Iran’s decision making policy is lengthy and needs refining. Although genuine disputes do exist within the government, there is relative agreement for policy, especially during periods when Iran is threatened. In President George W. Bush State of the Union address in 2002, the US President referred to Iran as a rogue state and a member of the “Axis of Evil”. It is still apparent the people of Iran have a dislike accompanied with a strong distrust towards the West. In a recent special the Iranian people were pleasant to the US reporter in the streets, however; clearly stated that the US is Satan. Today the US is demanding Iran to cease their nuclear program. The future of our relationship with Iran is currently being
Direct U.S.-Iranian relations date back as far as 1923 when the United States sent an economic advisor to Iran in an attempt to help provide independence and stability to the Persian economic system. The relationship between these two countries however, has not remained as positive as it began. Over the course of the last 70 years the United States has been both close allies and distant enemies with Iran; never seeming to make constructive diplomatic relations last. This troublesome history between the U.S and Iran has created a climate in which long-lasting successful diplomatic relations are unlikely. Considering this, the United States must continue on a path of aggressive foreign policy in regard to Iran in order to ensure the interests of the U.S are adequately protected.
Nuclear Deal with Iran, United States Position, and Decisive Storm The Iranian nuclear project has been certain since its inception with the new regime, and Iran has one specific objective to achieve, it is to produce a nuclear bomb. Iran 's leadership has fully convinced that the quest to build Iran as the leader at the regional level will not be achieved without having a military nuclear capability. Iran is considered to have a nuclear weapon is very important in Iranian strategy based on the adoption of the fierce policy of intervention in the affairs of the regional countries and expanding the circle of influence. The Shah 's dream before his fall is the same as the dream of velayat-e faqih at the current time, which the Iranian regime coveted in controlling over the most of the countries of the region. As a part of the Iranian strategy is launching public threats which confirms Iran 's diverse capabilities and potential to inflict great damages in any of the countries in the region that dare to threaten or challenge its interests. Iran used the media as an element of national power by continuous launching news of achieving big successes in the development of weapons and military equipment and the growth of military capabilities that will be used to punish enemies To spread fear and terror in the region. It turned out the Iranian regime continues to pursue an expansionist policy in the region after the completion of the nuclear agreement, Iran caused in escalating the
Professor Gabriel Harper History 103 11 April 2015 The Relations between the U.S. and Iran Over the last few decades, there has been increasing tensions between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran. This could be the cause of many external as well as internal factors. Diplomacy between these two states were not always successful and as such there would often times be misunderstandings. These misunderstandings have led to a strained relationship and a lack of cooperation among key actors of these nations.
Introduction: Iran’s clerical regime with a highly complicated government structure is an emergent economy in the Middle East. While the historical hostility between the countries, is more than the Iran’s nuclear program, but now the center of debates are Iran’s nuclear program and US-Israel relationship. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
Executive Summery: Iran’s clerical regime with a highly complicated government structure is an adversary of the US and its allies in the Middle East. While the historical hostility between the countries, is more than the Iran’s nuclear program, but now the center of debates are Iran’s nuclear program and US-Israel relationship. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has reduced tensions between both countries. But Israel and Saudi Arabia, two allies of the US and adversaries of Iran has opposed the agreement. Iran is till considered a threat to the US national interest and security. The threats can 't be eliminated by only military means, but it requires a comprehensive strategy. It is important to reduce the capability of Iran and change its intention. The best possible way to do this is supporting a gradual political transition of power from an extremist religious leader to the Iranian nation.
Islamic fundamentalism has been the cause of the long-term hostility involving the United States and Iran. However, there are other substantive causes of this disagreement that have existed for a long time in the history of both countries. NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), which is a military organization that is made up of countries from North America and a reasonable part of Europe, was established to enhance global security and peace (Cottam 1988, p.18). This has also been a great issue of concern in the raging war existing between the U.S. and the Iranian government. Over the years, the objectives of NATO have changed to be more focused on a military structure due to the opposition that it has faced from diverse quarters since its birth (Crane 2008, p.15).
The Threat Prior to assessing the actual threat of a nuclear Iran, it is necessary to analyze why Tehran is pursuing this capability. Many experts view Iran—a country that invests heavily in Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in Gaza, the Assad regime in Syria, and Houthi rebels in Yemen—as an aspiring regional hegemon. This may explain why Tehran has endured extraordinary isolation to develop its nuclear program. Merely possessing nuclear weapons would significantly strengthen Iran’s relative power over its neighbors. , Others claim that Iran views itself as a vulnerable state surrounded by adversaries, and therefore is pursuing nuclear weapons as a deterrent. They argue that the current Iranian regime is historically a passive actor primarily motivated by self-preservation rather than hegemonic aspirations. Some scholars believe that deterrence and hegemony are not mutually
Iran is one of the largest countries in the Mideast. It is also part of the Southern Central Asian union. Iran borders Iraq to the West, Turkmenistan to the Northeast and Pakistan to the Southeast. The country’s inhabitants primarily belong to the
It is a common conception that Obama’s prior efforts of engagement with the Iranian government have set many precedents for how the U.S is to communicate with Iran (and the Middle East) in the future, with some even referencing Obama’s attempts to amend the relationship between the two countries as
Robin Wrights piece gives a detailed history of Iran and its relations both with global players and with the United States and the many forces that have influenced Iranian actions internationally. Wright speaks to the great impact and importance that Iran hold as a global player. The author notes that the 1979 revolution was one of three of the greatest