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CAPSTONE PAPER - UNITED STATES FOREIGN POLICY RELATIONS...

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Unformatted text preview: UNITED STATES FOREIGN POLICY: RELATIONS WITH THE ISMLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN MISSION STATEMENT We, the Task Force United, are a group of young individuals from Boston University’s College of General Studies program. This unique combination of different personalities and backgrounds have formed together in order to provide pertinent information to America’s leaders. With this information, our country can hopefully make improved decisions on the current state of relations with Iran. Task Force United’s premise for thought stems from a belief that a rational, controlled, and stern diplomatic agenda is the best way to solve any foreign policy problem without resulting to war. Daniel Arango Kim Cavoores Ted Engel Andrew Jones Jon Merenlender Pasquale Petruzziello Eliza Roach INTRODUCTION An intricate mess: a phrase that is the proper description of the current United States of America’s international foreign policy programs, endeavors, and events. Almost two decades after the culmination of the Cold War, America claims to be the world’s undisputed superpower. However, America is presently flushed into an array of quagmires and tenuous situations that could potentially diminish its global power and influence. The Iraq War is the leading cause of frustrations and aggravations America is suffering as the rest of the planet watches (in happiness or dismay), but there are a myriad of other conflicts that America must tackle. Iraq’s long time neighbor and acerbic adversary, the Islamic Republic of Iran, is certainly amongst at the top of the list. Between the United States and Iran, few countries in the world currently have a more volatile and contentious relationship. They are complete opposites in the truest sense, a clash of ideologies, opinions, and lifestyles that has only fueled the immense antagonism between the United States and Iran stemming from the overthrow of the American backed Shah in 1979. Indeed, almost without fail, everyday news networks are bound to have a news report covering the hatred, disagreements, and sometimes threats between America and Iran. Between the United States and Iran, the affinity for each other is about as far away as their borders. However, the United States and Iran would not engage in a battle of verbal warfare if the cause was unworthy. Both governments see each other as an undefined threat that will play a potentially massive role not only in the present, but in years to come as well. By now, Iran must be aware of the capabilities of the United States, which have been recently demonstrated by both the removal of the Taliban in Afghanistan and the abrupt closure of Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq. Analogously, the United States must be cognizant of the impeding dominance Tehran could have, not only in the Persian Gulf, but also in the entire Middle East. Iran is rich in resources, it harbors the world’s third largest supply of oil. Furthermore, Iran boasts long standing cooperative relationships with other prominent world powers such as China and Russia, and a...
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