TEHRAN - A political scientist is of the opinion that some Americans “particularly Republican extremists, Christian fundamentalists, and a few pro-Israel lobbies” might oppose a rapprochement between Iran and the United States.
“But they are small minorities with no power to obstruct determined initiatives from Washington and Tehran,” Robert R. Bianchi told the Tehran Times.
Following is the text of interview:
Q: Which groups in the U.S. would benefit from a possible rapprochement between Tehran and Washington?
A: Everyone in America will benefit whether or not they realize it immediately. The most enthusiastic supporters will be businesses, educational institutions, diplomats, defense professionals, religious progressives, and Democratic politicians at all levels of government.
Q: And which groups would not benefit from this?
A: Some Americans might oppose better relations with Iran for ideological reasons or because of religious prejudice, particularly Republican extremists, Christian fundamentalists, and a few pro-Israel lobbies. But they are small minorities with no power to obstruct determined initiatives from Washington and Tehran.
Q: Which countries will be happy if Iran and the U.S. establish normal relations?
A: All countries will benefit whether or not their current governments support American-Iranian dialogue.
Q: Which countries will feel threatened if the ice between Iran and the U.S. is thawed?
A: Some powerful factions in a few countries will feel threatened—hardliners in Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE—but most of their citizens will approve of more normal and peaceful relations between the U.S. and Iran.
Q: What would be the impacts of a U.S.-Iran relationship on the "international balance of power" and the "regional balance of power"?
A: Precise balance of power calculations are always uncertain, but reduced prospects of war will benefit the international system as a whole. Regardless of which countries think they will register short-term gains or losses, all actors will enjoy relief from the previous levels of uncertainty and background tension.
Robert R. Bianchi is a political scientist and an international lawyer with special interests in China and the Islamic World. He received his doctorate and law degrees at the University of Chicago. He has taught at the University of Chicago, Nanjing University, Qatar University, the American University in Cairo, and the University of Pennsylvania.
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