Columbia International Affairs Online: Policy Briefs

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The Smarter U.S. Option: A Full Summit with Iran

June 2006

The Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame


The escalating crisis between Iran and the United States belongs on the bilateral summit table, not at the United Nations Security Council. This is true even if Iran rejects the current multilateral incentive package of the big powers. Months of threats and brinkmanship by both nations illustrate the need for face-to-face, behind-closed-doors diplomacy.