Friday, May 28, 2004

LAIPSON: US MUST SEE PROMISE AND POTENTIAL OF IRAN

LAIPSON: US MUST SEE PROMISE AND POTENTIAL OF IRAN: "The US has had trouble getting its own stakes in Iran in focus Laipson argued. �We have tended to see Iran only as a set of national security problems,� she said.

Similarly Iran has had a parallel problem in creating policy toward the US. Laipson believed it is hard to get the Iranians, who supported the Islamic Revolution and the belief that the US somehow did Iran harm, to turn 180 degrees.

The think tank leader went on to argue that although US foreign policy decision makers do not focus on Iran as much as their Iranian counterparts focus on the US, the two nations do have a symmetry of grievances. �Both parties believe the other guy has to go first,� she said, �but when one party has been ready, the other hasn�t.�"

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