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Iran: the next big crisis

Iran has definitely been trying to develop nuclear weapons. How can the west stop it without setting back the cause of reform?

By Steven Everts   December 2003

Eclipsed for the past 18 months by the Iraq crisis, Iran is rising to the top of the international agenda. Foreign ministries are assigning their best and brightest to the job of devising a coherent strategy. This is just as well, since dealing with Iran is a bit like playing three-dimensional chess. The west is pursuing multiple, potentially conflicting objectives with a country whose politics are in flux and whose leaders oscillate between hostility and pragmatism. The stated aims of preventing a nuclear Iran, promoting democratic reforms and ending Tehran’s support for terrorist groups sound reasonable enough. The difficulty is…

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