If the United States wants to convince adversaries to do what it wants in areas that fall outside its most vital interests, it needs to make its threats more credible by locking itself in to certain responses or purposely adding costs to the option of doing nothing, writes Ben Alter.
Authors: Ben Alter and Edward Fishman TheAtlantic.com
The Iranian nuclear standoff is starting to look less like a crisis and more like a stable balance, write Ben Alter and Edward Fishman. Tehran is more inclined to stand its ground than make a deal, and Washington prefers the present impasse to war.
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