What to do about Iran | Power & Policy

What to do about Iran

Nicholas Burns

Nicholas Burns

By Nicholas Burns

In my January 20 Boston Globe op-ed, “What To Do About Iran,” I argued that President Obama is right to follow a policy of “strategic patience” in confronting the Iran nuclear challenge and that it would be a serious mistake to use force at the present time.

Instead, the policy followed by both the Obama and Bush  administrations–offering negotiations backed up by sanctions and the threat of force–is a far smarter path.

With the U.S. and Europe now poised to implement the toughest ever sanctions against Iran’s Central Bank and its energy sector and Iran increasingly isolated, now is the time for a diplomatic strategy to turn up the heat on Tehran in the hope it might agree to negotiations.  The U.S. and our allies are far stronger than Iran and can outlast it in a test of strength and will.

About Nicholas Burns

Nicholas Burns is Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project and Faculty Chair for programs on the Middle East, and on India and South Asia. He served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2005 to 2008, leading the effort to reshape U.S. relations with India. Previously, he was U.S. Ambassador to NATO. Full bio >

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