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Divide and empower

The west should consider sanctions, but it should also focus on exploiting the divisions among Iran's ruling elite and empowering Iranian society

By Nazenin Ansari   June 2006

Other articles in the Prospect online symposium on the Iranian nuclear crisis:

Philip Gordon explains why the US is unlikely to bomb Iran Michael Rubin argues that diplomacy is not enough Alastair Crooke says that the west are trampling over Iran’s rights Mark Fitzpatrick examines Iran’s nuclear progress Esther Herman on her encounters with everyday Iranians

To the outside world, the face of Iran is the rather unattractive countenance of its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But the truth is far more complex—and hopeful. The country is profoundly divided. Only a major catastrophe—like a confrontation with the US—could heal those divisions. Instead,…

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