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To Sanction, or Not to Sanction—That is the Question

November 19th, 2010, Comment & Analysis, Uncategorized

A hallmark of the Obama administration’s Iran policy has been a dual track approach to its contentious nuclear program: diplomacy, and pressure on the regime. An improvement, to be sure, over President Obama’s predecessor’s policy—essentially all pressure and no diplomacy—but pressure, the Iranians have stated time and time again, will not achieve its stated goal, namely, that Iran suspend enrichment of uranium on its soil and that Iran negotiate in earnest over what kind of nuclear technology the West will allow it to possess. Diplomacy that is hobbled by pressure will not succeed either.

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Hooman Majd

Iran analyst

November 19th, 2010, Asia, Author/Novelist, English, Farsi, Journalist/Commentator, New York, North Africa and Middle East, North America, North America, USA, War and Conflict

Hooman Majd

Hooman Majd was born in Tehran, Iran in 1957, and lived abroad from infancy with his family who were in the diplomatic service. After a long career in the entertainment business, he devoted himself to writing and journalism full-time. He worked at Island Records and Polygram Records for many years, with a diverse group of artists, and was head of film and music at Palm Pictures, where he produced The Cup and James Toback’s Black and White. His book The Ayatollah Begs to Differ was published in 2008, and his latest book The Ayatollahs’ Democracy was published in the Fall of 2010.

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