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A Difficult Challenge Requires Firm Diplomacy Not Bluster

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We need leadership that can engage Iran using smarter diplomatic strategies and tough-nosed negotiations, instead of depending on overblown rhetoric and threats of war. While the Bush administration refused to talk to Iran, the country’s influence throughout the Middle East increased, and the threat of its nuclear program grew. Bluster, isolation and incompetence have failed. Smart, strong leadership is needed.
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Silencing the Drumbeats

Report 3 November 2011
The debate over war with Iran is back in the headlines this week, even as Iran's economic and political systems are in disarray-with Iran's president announcing last week that sanctions are working. Experts continue to stress that military action would likely reverse these trends and prove enormously destabilizing. As a Stimson-USIP report warned last year, "Allusions by U.S. officials to the potential use of military options plays into the hands of the ultra hard-liners among Iran's elites, strengthening their arguments that the country will only be safe from American threats when it has nuclear weapons... U.S. military capabilities are well known. Reminding Iran of them only strengthens the arguments of those in Tehran who press for acquiring nuclear weapons."
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Iran: Overheated Rhetoric and U.S. Policy

News The Guardian 3 November 2011
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Heather Hurlburt Cited in The Daily Beast on Iran

News The Daily Beast 3 November 2011
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Feckless Plot, Not a Feckless Response

Report 17 October 2011
While the administration responds to the alleged Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. with new sanctions and heightened international pressure against Iran, some on the right have seized on the moment as, in Bill Kristol's words, "an engraved invitation to use force" against Tehran. However, national security experts from both sides of the aisle and Iranian opposition leaders continue to warn that the economic and human costs of such an attack would be extraordinarily high and its efficacy limited at best. Senior military leaders use words like "foolish" to describe a strike, while Iranian opposition leaders have denounced its likely effects on Iran's democracy activists and human rights campaigners.
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Iran’s Quds Force: The Bomber in the Mirror

News National Journal 13 October 2011
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Uniting the World Against Iran

Report 12 October 2011
There are still many unanswered questions surrounding the Iranian-backed plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. The plot was disrupted by effective interagency and international cooperation at many different levels-which is one of our best tools against terrorism. The scheme raises serious questions about the struggle for influence between Iran and Saudi Arabia in a rapidly changing Middle East and the internal dynamics between Iran's Supreme Leader and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). What we do know, however, is that its result will be intense efforts to increase the international pressure against an already isolated Iran.
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