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Topic: Iran: A Path Towards Rapprochement
Thesis Statement: The purpose of this study is to argue why rapprochement with Iran is essential to the United States achieving its security
objectives in the Middle East and Central Asian regions of the world.
Research presented will identify challenges to efforts to reconcile historic differences between the United States and Iran. This paper will conclude that for the United States to attain its overall strategic security
objectives in the Middle East and Central Asia, the U.S. must engage Iran by developing policies that build upon common cultural, economic, political, and security
interests. To achieve this, the U.S. must first establish a dialogue with Iran, and guarantee support of Iran?s integration into the global
economy and regional security
architecture to ensure peace in the Middle East and Central Asian regions.
The outline of this paper will cover the following key topics: historical perspectives on United States/Iranian relations; global
and regional strategic challenges including political, military, and economic issues; US, European, and Asian involvement in the region; Iran?s human rights issues; Iran?s military and weapons of mass destruction (WMD) capabilities; and, Iran?s willingness to seek support from Russia, China, and North Korea, to reduce U.S. influence in the region. Argument will be made that: U.S. policies and initiatives must stabilize Afghanistan and Iraq, find a settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, reduce the spread on WMD and offensive weapons within the region, encourage the economic development of Iran, encourage Iran to support the development of democratic institutions, and promote Iran?s integration into the global
Additionally, the process of developing an enhances U.S./Iranian relationship, the case will be made that all inhibitors to improved U.S./Iranian relations must be overcome without and undue cost to the Iran?s Islamic heritage. Those inhibitors to achieving a fully achieve a stable, open, prosperous, and progressive partnership with Iran need not be fully reconciled prior to developing an open, prosperous, and progressive partnership with Iran. With the understanding that a failed or strained U.S./Iranian relationship will continue to undermine U.S. efforts to achieve regional stability, and weaken global security
. It is therefore in the best interest of the United States to make every effort to seek rapprochement with Iran, thus bring stability to the Middle East and Central Asian regions of the world.
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