Reading Reagan in Tehran: A Strategy of Realistic Engagement

December 07, 2016

by Michael McFaul and Abbas Milani

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A return to isolation and complete confrontation with Iran is neither wise nor possible. Instead, in part because current U.S.-Iranian relations are analogous to U.S.-Soviet relations in the 1980s, the Trump administration should take a page from Reagan and Secretary George Shultz toward the Soviets and adopt an approach of realistic engagement toward Iran.