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Trump’s ‘Maximum Pressure’ Won’t Make Iran Yield
Trump’s ‘Maximum Pressure’ Won’t Make Iran Yield
Video - The U.S. and Iran: Maximum Pressure, Maximum Peril
Video - The U.S. and Iran: Maximum Pressure, Maximum Peril

Trump’s ‘Maximum Pressure’ Won’t Make Iran Yield

Originally published in The Atlantic

The one thing Tehran would find more intolerable than the crushing impact of sanctions is raising the white flag because of them.

A magnificent fresco adorns the main pavilion of the royal palace in the Iranian city of Isfahan, depicting the 16th-century Battle of Chaldiran, fought between the Turkish-Ottoman and Persian-Safavid empires. The fresco appears to show the Persian army victorious, having crushed its Turkish adversary. The truth is that Chaldiran marked a decisive victory for the Ottomans, who went on to annex eastern Anatolia and northern Iraq. But what the self-serving historical distortion suggests is not shame of defeat but pride in the heroic valor with which the Iranians resisted a foe that outnumbered them and, unlike them, possessed heavy artillery. Donald Trump’s administration, which has made bringing Iranians to their knees the cornerstone of its Mideast policy half a millennium later, should draw a lesson from the battle and the way the Persians digested defeat.

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Video - The U.S. and Iran: Maximum Pressure, Maximum Peril

Crisis Group's hand-illustrated video draws out the story of rising tensions between Iran and the U.S. 

Tensions have rarely been as high as now between Washington and Tehran, mainly because of the U.S. withdrawal in 2018 from the Iran nuclear deal.

As Iran prepares for its own next breach of the 2015 nuclear accord, Crisis Group's hand-illustrated video draws out the story of rising tensions between Iran and the U.S. and sketches in a way to break the cycle of sanctions and reactions.

The U.S. and Iran: Maximum Pressure, Maximum Peril