Over at The American Interest, my friend, sometime co-author, and fellow World Affairs contributor Sohrab Ahmari publishes an important piece entitled "The Sources of Iranian Conduct." Consider it a successor piece to George Kennan's famous "The Sources of Soviet Conduct," published in Foreign Affairs in 1946. He writes:
Even if a particular actor within the Iranian regime were open to rapprochement, the system as a whole is designed to perpetuate existential enmity against the West. No Iranian leader can make nice with “global arrogance” after all the misery inflicted on Iranians in the name of defying it.
Seeing that talks to reach some sort of compromise regarding Iran's nuclear program have once again broken down, Western leaders would do well to read this piece .