Iran is pursuing a public nuclear policy, which will lead it into
regional power status. The Persian Gulf is a vital region for its
natural resources that America and its trading powers require to
maintain their economies. A disruption of Persian Gulf petroleum
production and export will have a global economic impact. The
United States has provided security in the Persian Gulf in the
past. In order to avoid a conflict with a burgeoning nuclear power
in this vital region, the United States must engage Iran
immediately and if required, unilaterally. Iran is a complex nation
with aspirations to become a respected power in the region. Its
threats directed at Israel draw on the popular Muslim target in
order to deflect internal criticism and unify Arab Muslim hatred
towards the Jewish state. Iran's leaders employ scare tactics on
their own population in order to consolidate power against foreign
threats. Iran's penchant for nuclear power and eventually a nuclear
weapon can bring this bustling Persian Gulf state a greater stake
in the geopolitical game. Iran is a proud state with a desire to
regain its ancient glory and become a regional hegemon again, thus
gaining international respect. Iran is also a pragmatic power on
the rise. It is pursuing greater economic and diplomatic relations
with foreign states and corporations; this follows a long period of
extreme isolation and tragic warfare. Iranian leaders, including
moderates and conservatives, use policies to increase the
investment within and the exportation of natural resources, thus
creating the co-dependant relationship of oil producer and user.
Iran is a rational actor that uses some uncommon methods of foreign
policy and communicating its policy objectives. There are five
recommended actions along the lines of the elements of national
power within a United States engagement policy towards an emerging
Iranian hegemon. First, the United States should normalize
diplomatic relations with Iran in order to dialogue dir
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