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.

September 28, 2017 | Michael Doran, Peter Rough
About the author: 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.
This is a response to What America Should Do Next in the Middle East, originally published in Mosaic in September 2017

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

In the final years of his administration, President Barack Obama drastically reduced the aperture through which Washington viewed the Middle East. Identifying counterterrorism operations against the Islamic State as the top priority, he succumbed to a seductive vision: perhaps the Russians and the Iranians, America’s traditional adversaries, would partner with him to defeat Sunni radicalism.

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