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Time for Détente With Iran

Author: Ray Takeyh, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies
March/April 2007
Foreign Affairs


To tame the growing power of Iran, Washington must eschew military options, the prospect of conditional talks, and attempts to contain the regime. Instead, it should adopt a new policy of détente. By offering the pragmatists in Tehran a chance to resume diplomatic and economic relations with the United States, it could help them sideline the radicals and tip Iran's internal balance of power in their favor.

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