Tag Archives: Persia

Iran Policy Options Part V

[Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV] Option 3: Containment – Sanctions and/or a blockade on Iran’s energy sector, military buildup & diplomacy Containing Iran is very flexible employing various of tools of statecraft. Decision makers … Continue reading

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Iran Policy Options Part IV

[Part I | Part II | Part III] Option 2: – Collapsing Iran – Unilateral air strikes destroy critical & nuclear infrastructure, disrupt the regime’s ability to govern & retaliate, collapse the country into ethnic factions* This option would use … Continue reading

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Iran Policy Options Part III

[Part I | Part II] Option 1: Gulf war II: Iran – Intl. coalition with a clear, limited mandate to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities This option is modeled on the US response to Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait. It entails building … Continue reading

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Iran Policy Options Part I

This is the first in a series of post on US policy options for dealing with Iran. The format is similar to the last series on North Korea. But I’ll begin with a caveat, I do not claim that all … Continue reading

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Iran Assumptions

I’m currently working on an options paper with US policy options towards Iran. One thing that constantly comes up in discussions with others about Iran are three assumptions that seem to go unchallenged. They are (1) Iran is seeking nuclear … Continue reading

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Iran: Nuclear Hedging or Acquisition?

In the spirit of my last post, I’d like to pose a very simple question to readers: Is Iran attempting to acually acquire nuclear weapons or employing the tried and true strategy of nuclear hedging? The acquisition of nuclear weapons … Continue reading

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To read: The Places In Between

As many of you know I am a Mac (as opposed to a PC) and when I am not cataloguing the latest developments of Japanese military policy, or thinking about theoretical FutureWarTM, I am keeping up with the latest Apple … Continue reading

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Capturing the battlespace

House search. Baghdad, Iraq 2007. By “Luke Wolagiewicz”:http://wolagiewicz.com “Battlespace”:http://www.battlespaceonline.org is an online exhibition of photojournalism from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The slideshow is stunning. There are some disturbing images, so be warned. These aren’t the “breakfast table” images … Continue reading

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Finally a role for the navy

I have previously complained about the “seemingly listless navy personnel”:http://cominganarchy.com/2007/11/10/the-strategy-pendulum/ trapped in the current paradigm of COIN. “Here is an article”:http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20071223/bomb_divers_071223/ that proves that naval personnel can even have a role in a landlocked country: bq. “*Navy bomb defusers adapt … Continue reading

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Grain of Salt

Here’s the WSJ on the US intelligence report that Tehran has, for reasons yet to be explained, stopped atomic research for military purposes: Before rolling out the peace banners, though, it’s worth looking at the agencies’ track record in getting … Continue reading

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