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Taking on Tehran

Authors: Kenneth M. Pollack, Director of Research, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, and Ray Takeyh, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies
March/April 2005
Foreign Affairs

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If Washington wants to derail Iran's nuclear program, it must take advantage of a split in Tehran between hard-liners, who care mostly about security, and pragmatists, who want to fix Iran's ailing economy. By promising strong rewards for compliance and severe penalties for defiance, Washington can strengthen the pragmatists' case that Tehran should choose butter over bombs.

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