In the Midterm Assessment by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), FDD experts analyze the Trump administration’s policies in more than 20 key issue areas related to foreign policy and national security, ranging from Hezbollah to cyber security.
Mark Dubowitz spearheaded the assessment on policies related to the Islamic Republic of Iran, beginning with an overview of the Trump administration’s current policies.
The following is an excerpt:
“For almost two years, before President Trump ordered the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria in December 2018, the Trump administration pursued an Iran policy based on the use of all instruments of national power to stop Tehran from engaging in a wide array of aggressive and malign behaviors that defy global norms. In his May 21, 2018 speech, “A New Iran Strategy,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Iran to end verifiably its nuclear weapons and advanced ballistic missile programs, cease its support for terrorism and the destabilization of foreign governments, release all hostages, and halt its aggression against Israel and other U.S. allies. To achieve these objectives, the administration designed a strategy to pressure the regime – diplomatically, economically, and militarily. To that end, the administration walked away from the nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and reinstated the comprehensive sanctions that had forced Iran to the negotiating table in 2013.”
“The Trump administration’s strategy came down to putting the regime in Tehran to a stark choice between a fundamental change in its behavior and an unrelenting pressure campaign to severely weaken the Islamic Republic. However, Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops from Syria raises serious doubts about the president’s commitment to pressuring Iran on every front.”
Read Mark’s full assessment of the Trump administration’s current policy toward the Islamic Republic of Iran, including his recommendations to strengthen policy going forward, on FDD’s website here.