ON-Lion Letter

Are we on the cusp of détente with Iran?  Conventional wisdom certainly seems to believe so.  Amidst negotiations over a nuclear deal, hopes are now running high for a historic reconciliation between Iran’s clerical regime and the West.

There is already ample reason for skepticism that the United States and Europe can truly curb Iran's nuclear ambitions by diplomatic means, however, and the current focus on Iran's nuclear program on the part of Western governments is deeply dangerous, because it fails to recognize -- let alone address -- Iran’s other international activities, or its foreign policy ambitions.  Those objectives are global in scope, and they are growing.

Iran's Deadly Ambition:  The Islamic Republic's Quest for Global Power, by Ilan Berman and forthcoming from Encounter Books, explains how America's retraction from the Middle East has created significant breathing room for an Iranian regime that not long ago was on the political ropes.  Economically, the Islamic Republic is "out of the box" that was erected over the past decade-and-a-half by Western sanctions, thanks to an earlier "interim" nuclear deal.  As a result, Iran's leaders are again thinking big about their country and its place in the world.

According to Berman, vice president of the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC) in Washington, D.C., America faces a stark choice:  to confront Iran's nuclear ambitions and global activities, or to accept and accommodate the region's newest hegemon, with all that portends for American security and the safety of its allies.

Encounter Books is an activity of Encounter for Culture and Education, a nonprofit group that is supported by Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, as is AFPC.

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