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This Is Not the Iran Regime Strategy You're Looking For

| June 20, 2018

Trump's end-game is a negotiated settlement, not the forcible overthrow of the Islamic Republic.

Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal has raised fears that the United States is rushing toward another major war in the Middle East. Many believe that, for better or worse, the U.S. president is now pursuing regime change in Iran. The supporters of the JCPOA lament these recent developments, while neoconservatives applaud Trump's approach. Both, however, get Trump's Iran policy wrong. The U.S. president does not want regime change; he wants change in Iran’s behavior. John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, two major regime-change advocates in his administration notwithstanding, Trump's end-game is a negotiated settlement, not the forcible overthrow of the Islamic Republic....

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For Academic Citation: Ghalehdar, Payam .“This Is Not the Iran Regime Strategy You're Looking For.” The National Interest, June 20, 2018.

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