Kenneth M. Pollack and Bilal Y. Saab present five alternative strategies that the United States could pursue to limit Iran’s destabilizing activities. After weighing the pros and cons of each option, they conclude that the most effective US course of action would be Pushback — an approach that would seek to measurably weaken Iran’s regional influence and eliminate its meddling in key states by bolstering US partners under pressure from Iran. The strategy would likely entail taking a more active role in the civil wars in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen, to ensure that Iran’s allies do not prevail and, hopefully, to engineer a stable end to these conflicts that would allow each country to rebuild.

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