The Corner

Tehran’s Overconfidence and Vulnerability

Baker and Hamilton gave a dose of adrenalin to Iran’s dangerous overconfidence.  But the Islamic Republic’s economy may be far more vulnerable than its leaders want to admit.  This opens a number of possibilities for Washington short of military action, if we want to compel Tehran to change its behavior.

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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