AUTHORPollack, Kenneth M.
TITLEUnthinkable: Iran, the Bomb and American Strategy
PUBLISHERSimon & Schuster
CITYNew York, NY

This book provides a context for understanding the dilemma faced by the United States in addressing the problem of Iran’s nuclear program and offers ways to deal with it for policy makers. The author, a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) analyst, presents his views, suggesting a carrot-and-stick approach combining negotiations and sanctions to convince Tehran to compromise. If this approach fails, he advises that the U.S. pursue containment rather than engage in military conflict. The book is divided into three parts. The first describes Iran's goals, their historical underpinnings, the personalities of the leaders and their methods of decision-making. The second section examines the different policy options that might be employed to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. The final segment explores the question of whether a policy of containment can be effective.

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