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The Right Way to Engage Iran

Opinion Piece/Newspaper Article

Michael A. McFaul - Stanford University
Abbas Milani - Hoover Institution

Published by
The Washington Post, page(s): A19
December 29, 2007

As 2007 draws to a close, write Michael McFaul and Abbas Milani in the Washington Post, it's important to note that the U.S. debate on Iran is stalled, trapped between "regime changers" vs. "arms controllers," "hawks" vs. "doves," and "idealists" vs. "realists." The National Intelligence Estimate released this month offers an opportunity to escape this straitjacketed debate by embracing a new strategy that would pursue both the short-term goal of arms control and the long-term goal of democracy in Iran.