Iran: Time for a New Approach : Report of an Independent Task Force Sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations

Iran: Time for a New Approach : Report of an Independent Task Force Sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations

Iran: Time for a New Approach : Report of an Independent Task Force Sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations

Iran: Time for a New Approach : Report of an Independent Task Force Sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations

Synopsis

In this timely report, a bipartisan group of experts concludes that the Islamic Republic is solidly entrenched and that the urgency of the concerns around Iran's policies mandates that Washington deal with the current regime rather than wait it out. The Task Force -- co-chaired by former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski and former Director of Central Intelligence Robert M. Gates -- recommends selective engagement with Tehran to promote regional stability, dissuade Iran from pursuing nuclear weapons, preserve reliable energy supplies, reduce the threat of terror, and address the 'democracy deficit' that pervades the Middle East as a whole. This volume includes a chronology of important dates in U.S.-Iranian history, economic and demographic facts about Iran, plus reference materials on Iranian state institutions and governance. The report's recommendations have sparked debate in Washington and generated extensive coverage by U.S. and international media.

Excerpt

Over the past quarter century, relations between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran have been trapped by legacies of the past. The aftermath of the 1979 revolution transformed Iran from a staunch ally into one of the most intractable opponents of the United States in the region and beyond. Today, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have positioned American troops along Iran’s borders, making the United States and Iran wary competitors and neighbors who nonetheless possess some overlapping interests. All of this is occurring against a backdrop of the problems posed by Iran’s nuclear program and its involvement with terrorism. Clearly, contending with Iran will constitute one of the most complex and pressing challenges facing the next U.S. administration.

The Council on Foreign Relations established this Independent Task Force to consider both Iran’s domestic reality and its foreign policy and to examine ways the United States can foster a relationship with Iran that better protects and promotes American interests in a critical part of the world.

The Task Force reaches the important assessment that “despite considerable political flux and popular dissatisfaction, Iran is not on the verge of another revolution.” From this finding flows its advocacy of the United States adopting a policy of what it describes as limited or selective engagement with the current Iranian government.

The Council is deeply appreciative of two distinguished public servants, Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski and Dr. Robert M. Gates, for chairing this effort. Their intellectual leadership steered this Task Force toward a consensus on an issue of great international importance. My thanks also go to Dr. Suzanne Maloney, a lead-

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