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Iran Must be Contained, but Iran Must Also Not be Viewed in Isolation

America needs to form as broad an international coalition against Tehran as possible—and simultaneously to develop a strategy for the Middle East as a whole.

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani at the United Nations on September 20, 2017 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images.

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani at the United Nations on September 20, 2017 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images.

Last Word
Sept. 28 2017
About the authors

Michael Doran, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and the author of Ike’s Gamble: America’s Rise to Dominance in the Middle East (2016), is a former deputy assistant secretary of defense and a former senior director of the National Security Council. He tweets @doranimated.

Peter Rough is a fellow at the Hudson Institute in national security and international relations.


America needs to form as broad an international coalition against Tehran as possible—and simultaneously to develop a strategy for the Middle East as a whole.

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