Islamic Republic of Iran, Rapprochement, Khomeini, Ahmadinejad, Khatami, Pasdaran, Iran-Iraq War, Tehran, Taliban, al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Shi'ite, Shi'a, war on drugs, regime change, axis of evil, 1979 revolution, Mossadegh, Pahlavi, Iran
This study examines the decision making process in Washington which led to the current non-existence of political and economic relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States. The study examines the U.S.-Iran relationship at three levels-of-analysis: the individual, state, and system levels. From a geopolitical perspective, Iran and the United States have often been natural allies that pursued similar policy goals. After 9/11, the U.S. entered Afghanistan and Iraq which further necessitated the reengagement of Tehran. Iranian regional clout would play a vital role in stabilization of Iraq and Afghanistan and without Iran's assistance; peace will not likely be realized in those states. Amongst the most compelling reasons for Washington to engage in meaningful dialogue with Tehran are: terrorism, the war on drugs, the Iranian sponsorship of militant groups, and Tehran's pursuit of a nuclear program. The study concludes that rapprochement should occur in two phases. The first being cooperation in areas of mutual concern such as the war on drugs. The second phase promoting confidence building methods, which would lead to a strategic partnership based on mutual interests.
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Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Sciences
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Tello, Roberto, "Rapprochement: The Necessary Engagement With The Islamic Republic Of Iran" (2008). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 3743.