The goal of coercive diplomacy should be to slow Iran’s nuclear progress and contain its political influence in the region until the regime is eventually transformed or changed through the weight of its internal contradictions and economic malaise.
Much has changed in the Middle East during the past two years, and not to Turkey’s advantage. As a result, Turkey is now seeking to contain a rapidly deteriorating regional security situation.
With anxieties over the nuclear activities of North Korea and Iran looming large, heads of state from 53 countries convened in Seoul this week to reaffirm and intensify their commitment to prevent nuclear materials from getting into the hands of terrorists.
Although policymakers worry that an Iranian atomic weapon would force the country's neighbors to explore the nuclear option, that is not the case for Turkey.
In the pursuit of nuclear security, Taiwan represents a special case for the international community because its legal status as an 'outsider' prevents it from formally participating in the many global arrangements to prevent nuclear proliferation.
With the Iranian nuclear crisis nearing a watershed, the question of the Obama administration's "red lines" on Iran's nuclear program is the subject of considerable speculation and debate.
Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, department supervisor at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility, was killed in a car bomb explosion in Tehran that Iranian officials have already accused both the United States and Israel in playing a part in.
The lack of a roadmap to resolve the Iran nuclear crisis may stem from the possibility that none of the players involved, including the United States, Russia, China, Iran, and Israel, have a real interest in achieving a negotiated settlement.
Turmoil in Arab states and the U.S. nuclear weapons agenda constitute some of the most important developments in the international security environment since 2008, and both have serious implications for global security over the next decade.
In the coming months, Washington will need to walk a fine line to maintain pressure on Iran while trying to prevent the nuclear crisis from escalating out of control.