TFPD Transatlantic Foreign Policy Discourse (TFPD)  

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Past Working Groups 2002-08

  Post-Conflict Management
The Role of Islamists
State's Economic Role
Transatlantic Security
  China's Rise
Russia, USA and the EU
Military Transformation
Balkans Politics
EU Enlargement
States at Risk
Military Co-operability
Middle East
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Iran and Its Neighbors: Diverging Views on a Strategic Region (2002/03)


arrow Meetings & Reports

Group Leader:
arrow Dr. Friedemann Müller

Key SWP Participant:
arrow Dr. Johannes Reissner


arrow Publications

arrow Partner Organization:
Nixon Center

This working group examines regional stability pertaining to international security and energy supply security issues. Whereas Iran is crucial for regional stability in the Middle East, the differences between American and European approaches towards Iran appear to have widened again since the controversy about the "critical dialogue" in the mid-1990s. The United States considers Iran as a source of proliferation and terrorism. The European Union seeks to develop a possibility for Iran to serve as a key player in regional stability and economic development (including service as a transit territory and provider of European natural gas supply). The deployment of American troops in the neighboring countries on Iran's northern and eastern borders underlines the necessity of a transatlantic dialogue that addresses common and conflicting interests. The categorization of Iran as a member of the "Axis of Evil" underscores the need for an open dialogue about the possible roles that Iran could assume in the fragile surrounding region.


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