Points of Iran’s foreign policy, trustworthy message for Trump

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Mehrdad Pahlevani
Asia Analyst

Although, just some handful of experts and analyst were expecting that Donald Trump would win the US presidential election, he won regardless, and was sworn in amid many claims and criticism.

Iran and the Nuclear Deal or Joint comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) would definitely be one of the top agendas for the new US administration. Iran-US relation has a long rooted history and as long as Iran stands in front of the US, Iran will always be an issue.

Tehran-Washington relation was not on one lane and they experienced friendly relation from June 28, 1856, which was the first act of diplomatic engagement, up to Mohammad Mosaddegh topple down (1953) in a joint CIA-MI6 coup.

Iran-US relation was on the rail until the Islamic Revolution in 1979. During the long history, both sides have a record number of operations that can be used as the source for their future. The legacy of the US foreign policy toward Iran should be taken into consideration by Trump’s administration as follows:

1) Firstly the US should not feel like they are encountering a framed and shattered Iran. The US cannot aim to attract one certain group and sidelining another. The US should not forget that the Supreme Leader of Iran obtains the main framework of foreign policy. Disputes among parties and factions should not assume as an opportunity for the US. Historical track records show that in spite of internal disagreements, any foreign enemy can serve as a matter of consensus among parties of Iran. Therefore a political unity would be stronger if any enemies stimulate them.

2) Since the US arrived in the Middle East during the Second World War, they have experienced the tremendous amount of expenditure and at the same time, received more benefits but during the recent years, huge expenditure caused protest and criticism in America. Now, the rational policy necessity is to reduce the expenses and to choose the best way. Also, The US has tested many ways to confront and counter Iran but nowadays, Iran's influence has penetrated in many important capitals in the Middle East, ranging from Baghdad to Beirut and Damascus. The main reason for the lavish expenditure of the US in the Middle East was its deep-rooted conflict with Iran and backing Dictator Regimes. Therefore, it is better to reduce these expenses now. After the Islamic Revolution the US paid the political cost, but during Obama's era, they paid much more to coordinate with Iran, it's necessary that Trump inherits Obama's main breakthrough for the duration of his presidency- The Nuclear Deal.

3) The JCPOA was moving forward to the threshold of changing Iranian approach towards the US, but the US policy scrapped the "Beautiful Painting" that both the US and Iranian citizens liked to substantiate. Extending ISA act for 10 years against Iran, withholding visa issuance for EU businessmen who would travel to Tehran, banning $ currency in trade with Iran, calling off the 'lifting of the economic sanctions on Iran', etc, all collectively caused Iran to take back its positive attitude towards US policies.

4) The current and future security of Iran is not arranged on the basis of the nuclear deal. In other words, JCPOA does not cause to mend ties with the US, putting aside security attentions by Iran. Testing missiles and insisting on buying S300 missile from Russia shows that Iran's security, on contrary to most of the Arabian countries, is not dependent on foreigners. Subsequently, a rational US is the one that puts confrontation with Iran under the table and not on the table. If the agenda of confrontation with Iran comes on the table of Trump, the first and the final winners are the arms manufacturing companies and the cost has to be paid from the pockets of US citizens and also the government.

5) Trump should look at Iran beyond politics. The best perspective to see Iran is the economic one that will find more opportunities than coercive or threats. If US fulfill its commitments of JCPOA, the west (EU and US) would balance their economic relation with Iran in comparison to tough sanctions. Otherwise, a constraint policy against Iran should push Tehran towards east-oriented blocks like Russia and China.

6) Trump should be careful about the false and fake, self-interested advisories from different lobbies in the US that might deflect the attention of US administration from its national interest.

7) The Awkward assumption of Iran with a high spectrum is the false irrigation ideas that lead many politicians to destructive and detrimental decisions. One of the false deductions is that Iran is following the idea of "superpower idealism", but Iran is going to become a regional power and is inclined to have an equal share of power, as even Tehran is not interested in hierarchy system of power. Unfortunately, false information about Iran is circulated in the western media every day and Iran does not have the opportunity to raise its voice to reach to the audiences.

The US should not forget Iran's help during Afghanistan crisis in 2001 and its backup to the northern alliances. The US should not forget that Iran as a frontrunner, fought ISIS and US should not be oblivious that Iran has saved two legal and legitimate governments in Iraq and Syria. If Iran would have been neutral, none could have geographically limited ISIS into its territories and activities.


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