President Trump’s policy toward Iran has long been been harsh and unyielding, pressuring the country to give up its nuclear ambitions and drive to control the region’s politics. With the U.S. killing of a high-level Iranian official last Friday, the White House has moved closer to war with Iran. The event also laid bare, writes foreign policy scholar Klaus Larres at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the failure of Trump’s approach.

Iran, writes Larres, has turned the tables and has put pressure on a freshly impeached U.S. president whose reelection is not assured and whose international diplomatic isolation and weakness is no secret.

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Iranian worshippers attend a mourning prayer for slain Iranian Revolutionary Guards Major General Qassem Soleimani in Iran’s capital, Tehran, on Jan. 3, 2020. ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images

With the US and Iran on the brink of war, the dangers of Trump’s policy of going it alone become clear

Klaus W. Larres, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

President Trump's Iran policy took a dramatic turn when the US killed Iran's top military commander in a drone strike. To avoid war, one foreign policy scholar says Trump has to reverse his stance.


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