Rather than continuing the long-standing provocation of tensions between Iran and the West, it may be possible to design an effective policy of quiet engagement, provided that it is thought through carefully. The post introducing this idea posed several questions that the U.S. needs to start considering very carefully, of which the first focuses on security:
What moves could
reasonably make to reassure Washington that complete nuclear transparency would leave it more, rather than less secure? Iran
Offer a series of increasingly significant moves to address
- Establish a regional organization to monitor air force movements designed to provide everyone with early warning of an attack.
- Support the acquisition of ground-to-air (i.e., defensive) missiles by
, Iran . Lebanon
- Explicitly recognize Iranian right to clear set of technologies.
- Provide all NPT members with some preferential treatment denied to states that refuse to sign.
- Set up a regional diplomatic forum for exchanging information on significant military moves, such as the opening of new
military bases or nuclear submarine maneuvers, and for seeking feedback from participating states. U.S.
More important than the specific details of the substantive steps would be that this would constitute a new policy based on a new foundation – that of late-Cold War-style confidence-building rather than the current