In recent years, Iran has flexed its revolutionary muscle with a conventional military buildup, pursuit of nuclear weapons in defiance of the UN Security Council, and interventions in Lebanon and Iraq.
The United States needs to achieve a better geopolitical and psychological balance—some deflation of the Iranians’ self-confidence and bolstering of our friends’ confidence in us. The next president can and should aim to restore this balance by supporting policies that:
- assure some success in stabilizing Iraq
- opt for a broader use of economic pressures, rather than the narrowly targeted sanctions resorted to thus far
- step up support of civil society in Iran, including improving the quality of U.S. official broadcasting into Iran
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[On the possibility of ongoing secret negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea] I am always wondering if my chain is being yanked. It could also mean Kim is trying to undermine Moon, who positions himself as a broker between the U.S. and North Korea. These two potential explanations are not mutually exclusive.