Paradoxically, to liberalize the theocratic state, the United States would do better to shelve its containment strategy and embark on a policy of unconditional dialogue and sanctions relief.
A reduced American threat would deprive the hard-liners of the conflict they need to justify their concentration of power.
In the meantime, as Iran became assimilated into the global economy, the regime's influence would inevitably yield to the private sector, with its demands for accountability and reform.
Guardian:A new Plan A, with more American carrots and European sticks, is necessary. But don't count on it working. (by Timothy Garton Ash)
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