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The Costs of Containing Iran

Washington's Misguided New Middle East Policy

Authors: Vali R. Nasr, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, and Ray Takeyh, Hasib J. Sabbagh Senior Fellow for Middle East Studies
January/February 2008
Foreign Affairs


The Bush administration wants to contain Iran by rallying the support of Sunni Arab states and now sees Iran's containment as the heart of its Middle East policy: a way to stabilize Iraq, declaw Hezbollah, and restart the Arab-Israeli peace process. But the strategy is unsound and impractical, and it will probably further destabilize an already volatile region.

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