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George Washington University

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Spring 2015

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Switzerland: International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy


This paper aims to analyze the current conflict over Iran’s nuclear program from a series of unique apertures pertaining to the relationship between the United States and Israel. An initial historical analysis is offered to examine the lead up to a conflict a half century in the making. The analysis looks at the historical relationships between the United States and Israel and the United States and Iran. Bringing both timelines together at the culmination of the nuclear conflict in the early part of this century illustrates how the relationship between the United States and both countries has created a fog; obscuring the coming solution of the conflict. The relationship the United States has with Israel is further analyzed to demonstrate how the decades long interconnectedness between the two countries has lead to strong domestic support inside of the United States for Israel. It is this support, including the infamous “Israel Lobby”, the paper cites as a key hurdle for the Obama administration to surpass on its way to a nuclear accord with Iran. The dilemma is further addressed from multiple positions (geo-strategic, geo- political, diplomatic) before the paper moves to a conclusion on the issues; suggesting the United States continue its current path towards diplomatic relations with Iran regarding the nuclear issue, moving away from the domestic pressures ignorantly over supporting Israel’s position against such a deal.


American Politics | International Relations | Military and Veterans Studies | Near and Middle Eastern Studies | Peace and Conflict Studies | Political Science | Politics and Social Change


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