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The geopolitical landscape of the Middle East remains fraught with tension, particularly concerning Iran’s activities and ambitions. The Henry Jackson Society, a UK-based transatlantic foreign policy and national security think tank, has recently called for a robust and direct response to Iran’s provocations. The think tank’s recommendations, examining the current state of Western policy towards Iran and the potential implications of a new strategic alignment between the US, Britain, and Israel.

The Failure of Deterrence

The Henry Jackson Society’s report highlights a stark reality: the existing policy of deterrence against Iran has failed spectacularly. Despite numerous provocations, including the seizing of ships, missile attacks on US military vessels, and drone strikes on Saudi Arabia via Yemen, the West’s response has been largely passive. The report argues that this approach has only emboldened Iran, leading to increased aggression and instability in the region.

Direct Assaults and Nuclear Ambitions

On April 13, Tehran launched its first direct assault on Israel, marking a significant escalation in hostilities. Furthermore, the report warns that Iran is on the brink of acquiring a nuclear weapon, with the potential to develop a crude nuclear device within six months. This alarming development underscores the urgent need for a reassessment of current strategies and a more assertive response to Iran’s actions.

A New Strategic Alignment

In light of these developments, the Henry Jackson Society advocates for a new strategic alignment involving the US, Britain, and Israel. This alliance would carry out targeted strikes against Iran to destabilize the regime and curb its aggressive activities. The think tank contends that the West must threaten the Iranian regime’s sense of survivability to effectively rein it in.

Rationale for Strikes

The report argues that for too long, Iranian aggression has gone unchallenged. Even when US interests have been directly targeted by Iranian proxies, successive administrations have avoided direct confrontation with Iran. The strategy of localizing conflicts and avoiding regional escalation, aimed at preventing a broader war in the Middle East, has paradoxically led to increased instability and conflict.

Potential Outcomes

Adopting a more aggressive stance against Iran carries both risks and potential benefits. On the one hand, targeted strikes could destabilize the Iranian regime and diminish its capacity to carry out malign activities. This could lead to a reduction in regional tensions and a more secure environment for US and allied interests.

Risks and Challenges

However, there are significant risks associated with such a strategy. Direct military action against Iran could provoke retaliation, potentially leading to a broader conflict in the Middle East. Additionally, there is the danger of further entrenching anti-Western sentiment within Iran, which could undermine efforts to achieve long-term stability in the region.

Strategic alignment

The Henry Jackson Society’s call for a new strategic alignment against Iran marks a significant shift in the discourse surrounding Western policy towards the country. By advocating for targeted strikes and a more assertive approach, the think tank aims to address the failures of deterrence and curtail Iran’s aggressive activities. While this strategy carries inherent risks, it also offers the potential for a more stable and secure Middle East. As the geopolitical dynamics continue to evolve, it remains to be seen whether the US, Britain, and Israel will adopt this bold new approach.

Saeed Minhas
Saeed Minhas
Saeed Minhas is an accomplished journalist with extensive experience in the field. He has held prominent positions such as Editor at Daily Times and Daily Duniya. Currently, he serves as the Chief Editor (National) at The Think Tank Journal

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