Iran: Asymmetric Strategy and Mass Diplomacy

Par Pierre Pahlavi
Journal of Strategic Security

The Trump administration, like previous ones since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, perceives Iran as a threat to the interests of the United States. The U.S. National Security Strategy of December 2017 notes that one of its objectives is to “neutralize Iranian malign influence” in the Middle East. Yet, the main tools to reach this objective appear to be hard power ones, especially in the form of economic strangulation, covert operations, and limited military actions. Markedly, in May 2018, the United States withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action meant to prevent Iran to acquire nuclear weapons capabilities, and re-imposed stiff economic sanctions against the country. In January 2020, the United States launched a drone strike in Iraq, killing General Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Iranian Qud Force.

Juin 2020
En savoir plus