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f_0019733_16809 - Iran's Nuclear Program: The US Misses...

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Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International Relations, Vol. 9, No. 1, Spring 2010 112 Iran's Nuclear Program: The US Misses Opportunities? –An Examination of US Policies in the Middle East and Implications of those Policies on the US Global Position– Adem Ogultarhan * Abstract US actions in Iraq and Afghanistan cause people to think that the US can resort to military measures against Iran as well. However the US invasion of Iraq and the uncertainties prevailing because of the invasion make analysts to question the necessity of military operations, because it might bring further uncertainties to region and to world politics. In this paper, it is argued that the US priorities in the Middle East are not well-defined and its policies are contaminated with cultural misperceptions, as seen in the case of the Iran’s nuclear program. Historical, technical and international law aspects of Iran’s nuclear program would be surveyed and the US policies regarding Iran’s nuclear program would be analyzed. The US interests in the region would be discussed and the most known clichés regarding Iran and US relations would be questioned. It is the argument that US policies in the Middle East are not well-calculated in terms of the US global realpolitik concerns; and current US policies in the region harm the US interests in global stage. Thus, the US confrontation with Iran makes the potential cooperation opportunities with the Middle Eastern countries missed. Key words: Iran’s Nuclear Program, US, The Middle East
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Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International Relations, Vol. 9, No. 1, Spring 2010 113 Introduction: The US and the Middle East The United States is a global player, and its decisions influence the entire world. On the other hand, the United States needs support of ally countries in order to enhance its position against its rivals. Thus, although the United States could influence the world politics with its decisions it is also vulnerable in the lack of the alliances; hence the US needs to calculate well its decisions and policies. The support of the allies is necessary if the United States wants to keep its superior position in world political arena. Furthermore, the United States needs to have a stable communication with its actual and potential allies or partners in world politics. That is to say, if the United States is going to ask for the alliance of a country or a block of the countries in a region, it needs to signal its intention clearly, and the signals should have been as much free as possible from negative bias. That being said, in the current global order, there are many big players and some of them are candidate to overtake the US position in terms of political influence exercised in the world politics. This paper assumes that, in the current conjecture, the Middle Eastern countries are potential allies of the United States, and the security and foreign policy establishment of the US is aware of this potential. However, other parties in US domestic political and cultural structure
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