US-Iran-Relations.com is dedicated to informing, inspiring, and elevating public discourse of relations between the United States and Iran. Its primary objectives are to:
- Encourage and serve as a focal point for reasoned, sophisticated, non-ideological analysis and discussion of US-Iran relations and US foreign policy toward Iran.
- Bridge the divide between academic and public/journalistic approaches to US-Iran relations by making academic theories of international relations and foreign policy more accessible and useful to the general public.
- Provide users with the intellectual and informational tools needed to develop more informed and sophisticated positions on US-Iran relations.
- Provide access to some of the best web-based resources relevant to US-Iran relations.
- Offer original analysis of US-Iran relations that educates and demonstrates command of context, or the "big picture," in US-Iran relations.
US-Iran-Relations.com toes no ideological line. It aims more to affect how than what people think of the issues. That said, no one is without some bias. This site is created by an American and is intended for a mainly American audience. It therefore has foremost in mind the best interests of the United States of America.
Analysis and commentary on this site obviously includes opinion. Yet US-Iran-Relations.com holds opinion-formulation to a high standard informed by social science. Opinions supported by logic and evidence and arrived at through thoughtful deliberation are stronger and make a greater contribution to public discourse than opinions that are generated by emotional reaction, hearsay, or stream-of-consciousness. This website is motivated by the strong conviction that the American public is capable of, and would benefit greatly from, an elevated and more rigorous national discussion of foreign policy issues - especially issues having to do with Iran. One can never expect - nor should one want - to strip politics of passion and emotion. Yet passion and emotion must be tempered by more pragmatic, careful and dispassionate thinking in order to realize what is in the best interests of any state or society.
Though this site is no longer regularly updated, I am confident that you will find useful information and ideas in its pages. After all, the core issues have not changed since the 2009-2010 timeframe during which much of the content was posted. I hope that you find a fresh perspective and utilize the news archive and linked resources to help with your own research and analysis.