US-Iran competition: Soft and hard power in the Middle East

A review of the soft-power strategies of both the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran in the Middle East and Afghanistan makes clear a disturbing fact: Tehran has a coherent, if sometimes ineffective strategy to advance its aims in the Middle East and around the world. The United States does not.

But concerns over Iranian expansionism — and about Tehran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability— leaves numerous opportunities for the U.S. to build upon. If the Obama administration decided to compete with Iran in the soft-power realm, it could realize an effective strategy fairly rapidly.

 

 

 

 

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