US hopes to thwart China-Iran alliance with behind-the-scenes diplomacy

The United States hopes to thwart the Sino-Iranian alliance by mixing carrot and stick to drag Tehran into a long-term dialogue on issues of concern to the United States and its allies.

More deft diplomacy towards Tehran should mix the carrot and the stick to draw Iran into a long-term dialogue on issues of concern to the United States and its allies, according to National Interest.

The political implication from this point of view – if one accepts “strategic competition” as a guiding principle over China – is that the Biden administration should “test the opposite premise” of isolating Tehran, “by restoring diplomacy. nuclear, reducing regional tensions and forging new arrangements. Fundamentally, to realize this vision, a “quick timeline” to reach the 2015 Iran deal is necessary, but far from sufficient, writes Lyes Mauni Jalali for the national interest.

Previously, Iran had turned completely to its “policy of looking east” after the United States withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in May 2018 and the imposition of new sanctions on Iran by the Trump administration and after these developments, Tehran has lost all hope of normalizing itself. relations with the West and marched east.

Jalali said Iran’s “Look East” strategy aims to strengthen Iran’s strategic cooperation with Russia and China.

On the other hand, the incentives involve a rebuke of the isolation policy. As far as Iran is concerned, economic integration (relief from primary sanctions) and political integration, in exchange for verifiable political goals, should be the guiding diplomatic principle, depending on the national interest.

Iran is also a key player in Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen, and has a key cultural anchor in Afghanistan, especially among the Dari speaking population (Afghan dialect of Persian) including the Hazaras (Persian speaking and Shiite faith). ), chipping away from Russia’s cultural dominance over Central Asia.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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