Our mission here at atlantic-community.org is to end the exclusivity of foreign policy discourse and give a voice to a new generation of thinkers as well as to strengthen the transatlantic partnership. Therefore, we are delighted to publish the analyses and recommendations of six students concerning the West's policy on Iran throughout the week.
Although the competition is open only to students of German universities, and German students enrolled in international universities, we would like to encourage all members to join in the debate nevertheless. Please tell us what you think of the students' analyses and policy recommendations.
Entrants were asked to engage with the following question and come up with practical policy recommendations:
“What could a successful strategy for the transatlantic partners to overcome the deadlock on Iran's nuclear program look like?”
Publication schedule of the shortlisted articles:
- Tobias Heinrich Siegfried Sauer (University of Trier): "Carrots Not Sticks: Incentives are the Way Forward with Iran"
- Niklas Anzinger (University of Bayreuth): "Isolate the Regime in Tehran"
- Sascha Lohmann (Free University Berlin): "Mutual Trust Building is Required Between the West and Iran"
- Felix F. Seidler (University of Würzburg): "Iran's Internet Generation Holds the Key"
UPDATE: These articles received more than 130 comments. The incisive, yet constructive debate led to the emergence of two very different strategies which were drafted into two separate Atlantic Memos.
The first Memo is from the 'Negotiators', Felix Haass, Sascha Lohmann, Alexander Pyka and Tobias Sauer, all of whom argue for greater engagement with the Iranian government. Concurrently, we have published the Memo written by the 'Hawks', Niklas Anzinger and Felix Seidler, who advocate isolation of the regime and support for opposition groups.
This competition is sponsored by the U.S. Mission to Germany.