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"Continuing the Win-Win Game"

U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice speaks at the UN Security Council, June 9, 2010. The UNSC approved new sanctions against Iran that target the Revolutionary Guard, ballistic missiles, and nuclear-related investments.
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"Continuing the Win-Win Game"

Op-Ed, Iranian Diplomacy

June 17, 2010

Author: Kayhan Barzegar, Former Associate, Project on Managing the Atom/International Security Program, 2010–2011; Former Research Fellow, Project on Managing the Atom/international Security Program, 2007–2010

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: International Security; Managing the Atom; Science, Technology, and Public Policy


Although the adoption of United Nations Security Resolution 1929 against Iran has heightened the wall of distrust between Iran and the international community especially the United States, the nature of Iran’s nuclear program namely its direct connection with global public opinion and the mutual interests of all concerned parties for solving the issue in a peaceful manner favors Iran ongoing adherence to a win-win strategy regarding its nuclear policy.

While it is clear that the new resolution cannot change the course of Iran's nuclear development, shifting from the current "win-win" game towards a "lose-lose" game in the future could be the unfortunate future of the new development and prove counter-productive for the Middle East's political-security affairs.

The early days of Obama's presidency were greeted with a mixture of skepticism and optimism inside Iran. While a segment of the governing elite believed the U.S. president was ready to discard Bush's policy of unilateralism and shift towards a "win-win" game with Iran, pessimists asserted Obama posed a new challenge and will use the element of time to bring about global consensus against Iran.

To defuse these pressures and highlight the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program, President Ahmadinejad launched several initiatives such as hosting the Nuclear Disarmament Conference in Tehran (April 17–18, 2010), maintaining a high-profile presence at the United Nations' NPT review conference in New York (May 3, 2010) and signing the Tehran Nuclear Declaration with Turkey and Brazil (May, 17, 2010). Inside Iran, all major political parties voiced support for the Iran-Turkey-Brazil Nuclear Deal to prop up the government's stance....

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Barzegar, Kayhan. "Continuing the Win-Win Game." Iranian Diplomacy, June 17, 2010.

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