S-Space Graduate School of International Studies (국제대학원) Dept. of International Studies (국제학과) Journal of International and Area Studies Journal of International and Area Studies vol.13 (2006)
Iran and the US: Engagement or Confrontation
- Simbar, Reza
- Issue Date
- Institute of International Affairs, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University
- Journal of International and Area Studies, Vol.13 No.1, pp. 73-87
- Islamic Revolution; Confrontation Policy; Engagement Policy; European Union; Iran/US Relations; NPT; Persian Gulf; Iran/ Iraq War; US Sanction
- Since the Islamic Revolution ofIran in 1979, the US has adopted a policy of confrontation with Iran. Iran continues to appear yearly on the US State Department’s list of states sponsoring terrorism. Additionally, Iran has been accused of pursuing a program to develop weapons of mass destruction.
The US policymakers continue to pressure Iran, imposing a unilateral sanction. By studying the records of US – Iran relations, this paper argues that US policies regarding Iran have been counterproductive. It seems that establishing a cooperative framework on issues of mutual interests, especially on non-political ones will be productive.
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