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Tehran's Take

Understanding Iran's U.S. Policy

Author: Mohsen M. Milani
July/August 2009
Foreign Affairs

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Iran's foreign policy is often portrayed in sensationalistic terms: mad mullahs, apocalyptic delusions, untamable nuclear ambitions. But Iran's ruling ayatollahs are following a clear strategic logic: ensuring the survival of the Islamic Republic against what they think is an existential threat posed by the United States. The main goals of Iran's U.S. policy are to deter Washington from attacking Iran, counter Washington's containment strategy, and expand Tehran's influence in the Middle East.

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