The United States and Nuclear Iran: A Diplomatic Strategy Argumentative Essay

A look at the politics surrounding Iran's nuclear strategy and various methods the US could employ to handle this situation.
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This paper examines the danger a nuclear Iran poses to the Middle East and the world, further focusing on solutions to keep the nation nuclear-free. First, the paper presents a brief analysis and explanation of Iran's political history to identify trends in Iranian politics. Then it describes structure of Iran's government, in which the highest ranking political and religious authority in the post-revolution Iranian government is the Supreme Leader of Iran, the position to which Khomeini ascended after the creation of the 1979 constitution. Next, the paper notes that the U.S. maintained a positive and fruitful alliance with Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi's regime, however, relations between the United States and Iran rapidly deteriorated after the inception of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which resulted in the Iran hostage crisis. The paper also discusses the nuclear program in Iran and strategies to keep the nation nuclear free. The paper concludes by stating that since the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran have a volatile history, riddled with conflicts and contention, it is best to follow Barack Obama's lead for a diplomatic solution to this issue.


Until the Iranian Revolution of 1979
Structure and Ideology of the New Regime
U.S. Relations with Iran after the U.S. Invasion of Iraq
Iran's Nuclear Program and Its Drives
Means of Preventing a Nuclear Iran

From the Paper:

"World War II led to an Allied (British and Soviet) occupation of Iran, aroused by Iran's pro-German sympathies. Influenced by the Cold War mindset, Operation Ajax, a coordinated plot by the U.S. and Britain to remove Iran's Prime Minister - Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh - from power, met with success on August 19, 1953. Following his arrest and deportation, Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi's rule became increasingly autocratic; however, this rise in autocracy came with the modernization and Westernization of Iran. Though opposed by leftist, nationalist, and religious groups, the White Revolution, initiated by Shah Reza, aimed to rejuvenate Iranian society through social and economic reforms. The White Revolution was put to a national referendum on January 26, 1963 and consisted of nineteen elements, including: nationalization of forestland, female suffrage, privatization of government owned enterprises, nationalization of water resources, free and compulsory education, and land reforms through the abolishment of feudalism."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Algar, Hamid. Islam and Revolution 1: The Writings and Declaration of Imam Khomeini. Tehran: Mizan Press, 1981.
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