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Containing Iran

Publication Date: 
February 14, 2007
Source: 
The World
Author: 
Matthew Bell

BBC's "The World" features commentary by Associate Professor Allen Weiner in Matthew Bell's report "Containing Iran".

"The more interesting question is whether the president is attempting to engage in subtle and nuance diplomacy by not identify the senior leadership of the Iranian government and not backing them into a corner. Perhaps the president is trying to give the senior leadership a bases for altering its policy and changing its support of insurgent groups in Iraq with out necessarily facing a huge loss of face or being discredited before their own constituency."

"But I think the president is perhaps at some level trying to send a signal to the Iranians that he is prepared to engage at the strategic level, at the national level in a discussion the might result in a more stable situation in Iraq and that would clearly be in the stronger interest of the United States."