- Eye Opening
In the more than 40 years since Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979, successive US presidents have consistently portrayed Iran as inherently evil and dangerous. In this essay, former Obama administration officials Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon argue that continuing to treat Iran as an archenemy doesn’t serve US interests and is increasingly dangerous. Their argument debunks widely held beliefs about Iran and the threat it poses – and will give any avid newsreader pause to think.
About the Authors
Daniel Benjamin is director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College. He served as coordinator for counterterrorism at the US State Department from 2009 to 2012. Steven Simon is professor of International Relations at Colby College and served on the National Security Council in the Clinton and Obama administrations.