Chapter 3: Theories of International Relations


Iran agrees to meet with a handful of other Shi'a leaders. The meeting is successful in convincing Iran to delay a test, but fails to provide a lasting solution. Iran seems prepared to negotiate, but does not back down from plans to test 'in the near future'.

What do you do now?

Hold bilateral talksTry to bring Israel and Iran to the table to agree to an armistice and a reduction in nuclear capacity. (Liberalism)
Use multilateral negotiations Try to diffuse the conflict. Include relevant Iranian allies as well as key Israeli allies to help diffuse tension between Iran and Israel. (Liberalism)
Invade IranForcibly disarm Iran's nuclear program. Enter with coalition forces for a quick but heavy-handed strike on Iran's nuclear facilities. (Realism)
Launch cruise missilesTarget Iran's known nuclear sites. Perhaps not as thorough as an invasion, but comes at a lower cost in terms of personnel and military resources. (Realism)
Launch unilateral nuclear strikesDirect US warheads at Iran's nuclear sites. Leave no room for error. Devastate Iran's nuclear capacity. (Realism)
Do nothingProgress has been made. Perhaps Iran will simply back down now. Rely on the nuclear taboo. Even if Iran tests a nuclear weapon, they won't violate international norms and use one. And, if Iran doesn't use one, the US and Israel will have no need to use one. Better to keep Germany's hands clean. (Constructivism)