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Engage Iran?

Dialogue with Iran and Syria have become the new mantra in Washington.  Both ideas are decidedly unrealistic.  On the former, no one will benefit and, on the latter, the only good will come to former ambassadors to Damascus who can translate their contacts into consultancies.  It’s important to remember Tehran’s trackrecord.  And, it’s also important to recognize the trackrecord of Europe’s engagement.

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.

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