Disquieting Engagement: Gulf States Fear Shift in Balance of Power if U.S. Engages Iran   [open pdf - 601KB]

This issue is from the May 2009 issue of WMD Insights, a publication sponsored by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency "intended to provide timely and noteworthy unclassified information on international attitudes towards weapons of mass destruction and efforts to curb their proliferation." From the article: "At the 45th Munich Security Conference on February 7, 2009, U.S. Vice-President Joseph Biden announced the Obama administration's approach to Iran, making official the strategic shift toward diplomatic engagement promoted by Mr. Obama. Western audiences generally welcomed the change from the Bush administration's more confrontational approach. The proposed shift in strategy, however, was received with much less enthusiasm by U.S. allies in the Arab world, in particular Saudi Arabia and Egypt, who bear daily witness to Iran's expansionist intent and fear losing a strong strategic counterweight to Iran if the United States pursues such engagement. Most of all, these countries fear U.S. engagement will confer on Iran the status of dominant regional superpower that it so strongly and blatantly covets." Note: This document has been added to the Homeland Security Digital Library in agreement with the Project on Advanced Systems and Concepts for Countering WMD (PASCC) as part of the PASCC collection. Permission to download and/or retrieve this resource has been obtained through PASCC.

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WMD Insights (May 2009), no.31, p.20-27
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