Iran, Iraq, and the United States
Publisher: Strategic Studies Institute U. S. Army War Co | pages: 80 | 2006 | ISBN: 1584872640 | PDF | 10,4 mb
Many observers are concerned about the best means of discouraging sectarian conlict in Iraq while still waging counterinsurgency efforts. Another tension between regional policy goals concerns American and Iraqi desires to constrain growing Iranian inluence in Iraq, and in the region as a whole, and advocating more scrutiny over transnational dealings and control over weapons proliferation, while also promoting peaceful co-existence and stricter observance of sovereignty in the Middle East. One pole around which these tensions circumambulate is the tensions between Sunni and Shi`a political and religious entities. Bilateral state relations are one level of consideration, to which must be added American concerns and those of other nations of the region. This monograph explores the various doctrinal, historical, and political facets of these issues.