Azerbaijan International

U.S. Policy Toward Iran is Contradictory

"Unfortunately, the U.S. embargo of Iran pushes the Caucasian and Central Asian states back into Russia's orbit, for Russia provides the only current alternative to pipeline and rail systems and ports. We have fallen into a peculiar paradox: we aim to strengthen the new states to stand on their own feet and resist Russian pressure, while our policy toward Iran promotes the opposite course."

Paul B. Heinze and S.Enders Wimbush in "A New Policy for a New Middle East," published in the Wall Street Journal on January 31, 1997. Heinze formerly served in the National Security Council, and Wimbush, former Director of Radio Liberty, now works for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).

From Azerbaijan International (5.1) Winter 1997
© Azerbaijan International 1997.

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