The relationship between the United States and Iran, specifically regarding Iran's nuclear program, offers a case study for a calculated approach to cross-border conflict management. In considering a range of options for mitigating the conflict, it is prudent to weigh alternative dispute resolution procedures (mediation, arbitration, and negotiation) with more forceful measures such as coercive diplomacy or the use of military intervention. By evaluating multiple approaches and assessing risk, a better understanding of the overall situation and insight into the validity of using ADR as a mechanism to manage complex, intractable conflicts is developed. The purpose of this paper is to determine the most appropriate course of action for the post-Trump administration. I assert that the best option is to forego the current maximum pressure campaign in favor of a strategy focused on oversight and deterrence based on incentives instead of increased punishment.
Carr, Alexine D.
"Maximum Pressure with Minimal Success: Recognizing Iranian Resolve in Pursuit of a Revised U.S. Foreign Policy,"
Pepperdine Policy Review: Vol. 13, Article 3.
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