Iran: Time for a New Approach : Report of an Independent Task Force Sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations

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Council on Foreign Relations, 2004 - History - 84 pages
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In this timely report, a bipartisan group of experts concludes that the Islamic Republic is solidly entrenched and that the urgency of the concerns around Iran's policies mandates that Washington deal with the current regime rather than wait it out. The Task Force -- co-chaired by former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski and former Director of Central Intelligence Robert M. Gates -- recommends selective engagement with Tehran to promote regional stability, dissuade Iran from pursuing nuclear weapons, preserve reliable energy supplies, reduce the threat of terror, and address the 'democracy deficit' that pervades the Middle East as a whole. This volume includes a chronology of important dates in U.S.-Iranian history, economic and demographic facts about Iran, plus reference materials on Iranian state institutions and governance. The report's recommendations have sparked debate in Washington and generated extensive coverage by U.S. and international media.

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ZBIGNIEW BRZEZINSKI, formerly President Jimmy Carter's NatioZBIGNIEW BRZEZINSKI, formerly President Jimmy Carter's National Security Advisor, is a counselor and trustee at the Centnal Security Advisor, is a counselor and trustee at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and professor of er for Strategic and International Studies and professor of foreign policy at Johns Hopkins University. His many books iforeign policy at Johns Hopkins University. His many books include the "NY Times" bestsellers "Second Chance" and "The" nclude the "NY Times" bestsellers "Second Chance" and "The" "Choice." "Choice.

Robert Michael Gates (born September 25, 1943) is an American statesman and university president who served as the 22nd United States Secretary of Defense from 2006 to 2011. Gates served for 26 years in the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Council, and under President George H. W. Bush was Director of Central Intelligence. Gates was also an officer in the United States Air Force and during the early part of his military career, he was recruited by the CIA. After leaving the CIA, Gates became president of Texas A&M University and was a member of several corporate boards. He served as a member of the Iraq Study Group, the bipartisan commission co-chaired by James A. Baker III and Lee H. Hamilton, that studied the lessons of the Iraq War. Gates has won many honorary doctorates from universities, including an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Yale University; his government awards include the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In January 2014, Gates published his autobiography, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, which quickly became a New York Times bestseller.

Suzanne Maloney is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution's Saban Center for Middle East Policy and formerly served on the policy-planning staff of the State Department.

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